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Flu cases spiking in Central Florida

osceloa newspaperInfluenza is on the rise early this year, with cases quadrupling in the last five weeks in Central Florida.

Since the beginning of December, cases have risen from 100 a week to 420, as of Jan. 10. Osceola County reports only mild influenza activity, according to Osceola County Health Department Program Manager of Disease Control Natahly Acosta.

“Normally we don’t see it rise this fast. Normally, the season will peak in mid-February. But, last year was abnormally early also. We saw our peak activity last year for influenza right around the first of the year. So, this is kind of mirroring last year in terms of activity,” said Tim Hendrix, medical director for Orlando Florida Hospital Centra Care.[Read full story]