West Virginia health officials say the state is seeing outbreaks of one strain of influenza two months ahead of normal flu season.
The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health says the number of people seeking medical care for flu-like symptoms at medical facilities has risen from 1.7 percent to 6.4 percent.
TheAssociatedd Press reports that officials are seeing levels of activity that are similar to those seen during the 2009 flu pandemic. So far outbreaks have been predominantly in the northern part of the state and the Eastern Panhandle in recent weeks.
Southern West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley have seen an increased numbers in the past few weeks.
And they say the strain usually produces harsher symptoms and has seemingly become more resistant to the flu vaccination.
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