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Flu fills metro Atlanta hospitals

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 11:22 AM
Last updated 7:03 PM
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ATLANTA — State health officials say the number of people hospitalized with flu symptoms in metro Atlanta has soared in recent weeks, the latest sign of a widespread flu outbreak.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that 244 people were hospitalized during a recent four-week period in metro Atlanta.

During the same four-week period last year, there were just eight hospitalizations, heath department spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said. Dr. Patrice Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services and a district health director, said last season was considered a mild one for flu activity.

During the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, there were 127 hospitalizations during the same four-week period.

The hospitalizations underscore the severity of the flu, which is striking Georgia harder this season than at any time in the past decade.

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