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As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

Health
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Laboratory-confirmed cases of contagious flu are on the rise in the United States, with 11 deaths attributed to the virus in San Diego County, Calif., alone.County health officials said six more deaths were reported this week, as were 3,873 confirmed cases of the illness. At this time in 2016, only four deaths were attributed to the virus, they said Wednesday.The California Department of Public Health said that as of Dec. 16, the date of its most recent report, it counted 10 deaths in its under-65 population. It added that two or fewer deaths per year are typical at this time of the year.The flu season, usually about 12 weeks long, may have started earlier than normal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The flu has reached epidemic proportions in seven of...
2nd pack of gray wolves spotted in Northern Calif.

2nd pack of gray wolves spotted in Northern Calif.

Technology
A female gray wolf, her mate and at least three pups are the second pack of wolves spotted in Northern California since the species went extinct there in 1924, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. The gray pups were born this spring in Lassen National Forest to a female wolf of unknown origins. Her mate is the son of OR7, a wolf with a tracking device that was the first of its kind in almost a century to migrate into California from Oregon, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Biologists began surveying the Lassen National Forest area in May after they found evidence of wolf presence. On June 30, they captured the 75-pound female gray wolf and fitted her with a tracking collar. An examination revealed she had recently given birth to pups. A day later, Department of Fish and Wildl...