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    More deaths linked to SA flu outbreak
    By Rory McClaren State Political Reporter
    7:18pm Apr 24, 2019

    Health officials have revealed two deaths in less than a fortnight can be linked to South Australia's spike in flu cases.

    The most recent case involves a teenage girl who died over the weekend at the Flinders Medical Centre.

    It's understood one of the teen's relatives is also seriously ill in hospital.

    SA Health has also confirmed to 9News it was notified of the death of a 62-year-old last week, while an 89-year-old died in March...

    ...The revelation of the latest deaths comes as the state battles a severe spike in flu cases.

    In less than four months, there's been nearly 1500 more flu notifications recorded than in all of 2018...

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    ...South Australia is already experiencing an alarming spike in the number of flu cases with the latest SA Health data showing 7492 cases of influenza have been reported between January 1 and April 20 this year.

    There were 1253 cases reported during the same period in 2018.

    Of these, 4187 were females and 3305 were males and the median age of those who caught the flu was 33 years old.

    A total of 249 cases have required hospital admission so far this year.

    The State Government rolled out its flu management plan early this year in response to the skyrocketing number of people contracting the virus...

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    Flu Deaths: 'Unprecedented' Start To Season With 10 Dead

    Ten people have died from flu in South Australia this year, as health authorities warn of an unprecedented start to the season across the country.

    SA Health has so far been notified of ten deaths from the influenza virus, including a "healthy" 15-year-old girl and nine others aged between 16 and 92.
    The department was notified of four deaths this week.
    "This is a real message to the community to please go out and get protected with a flu shot," SA Health Chief Medical Officer Paddy Phillips told reporters on Tuesday.

    "It is almost certainly the tip of the iceberg."


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      Flu outbreak kills 17 people in South Australia as nursing homes go into lockdown

      The death toll from influenza outbreaks in South Australia this year has risen to 17, including 13 residents of aged care homes, as an "unprecedented" flu season continues to wreak havoc across the state. Chief medical officer Professor Paddy Phillips said there had been 53 outbreaks in nursing homes since the start of the year and at least 18 facilities were in lockdown.
      He said there were 12,339 influenza cases as of last Saturday, compared with 1,348 at the same time last year.
      Among the deaths was a 15-year-old with no pre-existing conditions, while an additional seven people died in one week alone.