Thursday, December 20, 2012

Flu season hits early in Michigan, closes schools

December 19, 2012
In Michigan, 63 cases of flu had been reported as of Thursday, up from 34 the previous week.
"That's a pretty big jump," said Angela Minicuci, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health. "It's hard to predict if it will continue. It is a concern to see this many cases this early in the season."
Twenty-three of the cases are in southeast Michigan, Minicuci said, with 20 in southwest, 14 in central Michigan and six in northern Michigan. The state doesn't usually see these numbers until the peak months of January and February, officials said.
This week, the L'Anse Area Schools in the Upper Peninsula closed for three days, starting at midday Monday, due to a flu outbreak, one staffer said.

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