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    Flu hits hard in Terrebonne, Lafourche

    By Nikki Buskey
    Staff Writer
    Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.
    Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.

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    Michael Marcello, a physician at Ochsner St. Anne Family Doctor Clinic in Mathews, said the clinic has been seeing an “exponentially large” number of patients testing positive for the flu. He said the lab has been diagnosing eight to 10 flu cases per day at the clinic.

    “On a daily basis we’ve documented a very large number of patients testing positive for both flu types A and B,” Marcello said.
    ...
    “The flu season started very early this year, and it is increasing,” said Dr. Raoult Ratard, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health and Hospitals. “It is going to be a busy flu season.”
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    If you do get sick, cover your nose or mouth when you sneeze or cough. Most importantly, stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours. That will prevent you from spreading the illness to others.

    “Stay in. Don’t go to work, don’t go to church, don’t go to the store,” Marcello said.
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    http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20...ws01?p=1&tc=pg
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