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Major flu outbreak continues to spread in Central Florida

Local6 logoHealth officials in Central Florida — and across the country — are scrambling as they try to stop a major flu outbreak.

It’s killed at least 18 people nationwide and sickened hundreds of thousands more. The outbreak has forced the mayor to issue a state of emergency for Boston.

Local 6 is learning that it is one of the worst flu seasons in a decade and it is growing in Central Florida.

“Right now were seeing it about a month early right now,” said Centra Care’s Dr. Tim Hendrix. “We are also seeing record numbers of influenza patients here at Centra Care.”

Dr. Hendrix says at Centra Care, peak season meant 150 visits a week for the flu, he says this season they are averaging 600 visits a week. [Read full story]