Powerful Influenza Strain Sends Thousands to California Hospitals

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.

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Nurse Reggie Withers tends to a flu patient at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
(Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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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