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Flu Outbreak in Maryland

January 13th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Federal health officials declared this season's flu outbreak an epidemic Friday as Maryland hospitals and clinics continued to treat unusually high numbers of patients for the virus.  The Centers for Disease Control said the virus is widespread in Maryland and 46 other states — the worst flu season in a decade. More than 15,000 Marylanders have visited emergency rooms and doctors' offices with flu-like symptoms this season, according to numbers updated Friday by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The outbreak has killed 20, all of them children, across the country so far, compared to 34 last flu season. No deaths have been reported in Maryland.

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