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    More severe flu strain widespread in Louisiana
    Posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM
    Updated today at 6:01 PM
    Katie Moore / Eyewitness News

    NEW ORLEANS -- Even with an early start to the flu season this year, the number of cases nationwide is still on the rise. Here in Louisiana nearly 800 people have tested positive for the flu since Oct. 1.
    According to Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals data, the influenza a strain going around is a 99 percent match to the flu vaccine. The b strain is a 69 percent match.

    The latest numbers from the state show the rate of infections is still climbing, something Dr. Dennis is seeing in his Harrison Avenue urgent care clinic.

    “It definitely seems to be spiking over the past three weeks,” Dennis said.
    Doctors urge everyone out there to do three things to help stop the spread: wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and don't go to work or send your kids to school if they are sick.

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