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Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018

Flu related death: California brothers Gary Armstrong, Richard Armstrong found on ranch were sick

Contra Costa County investigators are trying to determine whether the deaths of two brothers, Gary Armstrong and Richard Armstrong, were caused by the flu.

Gary Armstrong, 67, and Richard Armstrong, 65, were found dead at a Moraga ranch by a friend checking on them after they were feeling sick and not feeling well for days.

Moraga Police Chief Jon King said the the cause of their deaths is still pending as the coroner’s office has the case under review.

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King reviewed yesterday that the brothers live alone in a camper on the large ranch property that houses the Ranch House cafe on School Street and a number of barns and outbuildings.

“No one is saying they died of the flu,” King said Friday. “Whether that’s the cause of death or not, I don’t know.”

The SF Gate reports that “there have been 30 confirmed flu deaths in California, although health officials only track flu fatalities for people under 65 years old. That’s due in part to the high volume of flu cases among older people and the difficulty in pinpointing” it as the cause.

Mercury News added that “California saw 30 more flu deaths last week, including one in Sonoma County, more than the 23 reported the week earlier. Even so, health officials say influenza activity is decreasing.”

Victoria Balladares, a health services spokeswoman, told the Gate that Contra Costa County has recorded seven flu deaths this season.

“We’ve seen it peak a lot earlier. We’re seeing a lot more cases,” Balladares said. “But we really won’t know what kind of flu season we’ve had until we’ve ran through the season.”

“These deaths underscore that influenza can be a very serious illness,” said Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Karen Milman.

San Mateo and Monterey counties also recorded additional flu deaths, bringing their respective totals to 3 and 6.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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