According to the latest figures released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Thursday, the state's A/H1N1 flu death toll has reached 55, while the number of confirmed and probable cases rose to 3,168.
The department reported that 24 more fatalities have been reported last week. This figure represents a 77-percent increase from the previous record of 31. Likewise, 707 new cases have been detected, representing a 29-percent rise from the previous total of 2,461 released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ever since the flu outbreak began, the state of California has been among the leaders with the most number of fatalities and confirmed cases. The latest CDPH report shows that Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, and Long Beach counties have been the four hardest-hit areas, with Orange County and San Diego each having 8 deaths, while Los Angeles and Long Beach each has 7 A/H1N1 related fatalities.