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Bakersfield woman dies of the flu, marking first flu-related death in Kern County

Michelle Maroney-Placencia died on Jan. 17
Posted at 12:58 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 22:50:10-05

A Bakersfield woman died of the flu this week, according to Kern County Public Health. 

Family members confirmed to 23ABC that Michelle Maroney-Placencia died from complications of the flu on Wednesday, January 17. 

Public Health says her death marks this season's first flu-related death for someone under 65-years-old in Kern County.

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Family members told 23ABC on Thursday that Maroney-Placencia, 39, was healthy before she started to feel flu-like symptoms.

Her co-workers at McKinzie Nielsen Real Estate in northwest Bakersfield said she didn't come into work Saturday through Wednesday of last week.

Another family member said Maroney-Placencia was brought to Adventist Health in an ambulance and passed away within an hour.

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Maroney-Placencia leaves behind a husband and five children.

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