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Flu-related hospitalizations soar in metro Atlanta

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 15, 2013
and last updated 2014-06-18 11:54:02-04

ATLANTA (AP) - State health officials say the number of people hospitalized with flu symptoms in metro Atlanta has soared in recent weeks, the latest sign of a widespread flu outbreak.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that 244 people were hospitalized during a recent four-week period in metro Atlanta.

During the same four-week period last year, there were just eight hospitalizations, heath department spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said. Dr. Patrice Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services and a district health director, said last season was considered a mild one for flu activity.

During the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, there were 127 hospitalizations during the same four-week period.

The hospitalizations underscore the severity of the flu, which is striking Georgia harder this season than at any time in the past decade.