Ana Oktay rushed to the hospital in late December struggling to breathe, with a 102-degree fever and a cough that wouldn’t let up.
She expected doctors to tell her she had pneumonia or bronchitis.
“They were just like: ‘It’s just influenza A. It’s just what’s going around,’ ” said Oktay, 49.
An influenza A strain known as H3N2 is making people so ill in California that thousands have shown up in recent weeks at hospitals struggling to fight the infection.
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