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    CDC: Louisiana among states with high flu activity

    Posted: Jan 07, 2013 4:23 PM CST
    Updated: Jan 07, 2013 5:24 PM CST
    By Elizabeth Vowell - email

    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

    Behind a bright orange bio-hazard sign at our lady of the lake hospital, sits the people who are most exposed to the flu virus: lab workers who test thousands of patient samples.

    "We've had about 2.000 test performed at the lake and about 16 percent of them have been positive," said pathologist Dr. Jennifer Jastram.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, Louisiana is among 29 states with high flu activity, especially type A flu...

    "Each virus has a different finger print to it, and what we're doing is looking at very specific parts of that virus to tell us what type it is," said Jastram. "That way when you're formulating a new vaccine you can say we have this, and that way the population is protected against this for the following year."
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    Full text:
    http://www.wafb.com/story/20524827/c...h-flu-activity
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