Posted at: 12/04/2012 8:33 AM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State health officials say the flu season is off to an early and deadly start in Wisconsin.
The Division of Public Health says four flu-related deaths have been reported and 26 people have been hospitalized. State epidemiologist Tom Haupt says in the last two to three flu seasons, no flu-related hospitalizations were reported before January.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/TzCPal) says 113 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases were reported statewide between Oct. 5 and Friday, compared with seven cases at this time last year.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's the earliest flu season in nearly a decade.
-- Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com
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