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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:32 pm

Fever and cough were the leading symptoms of the season’s earliest flu cases, which hit children particularly hard. Now cases of children with influenza Type B are decreasing and adults with influenza Type A are increasing in Franklin County, according to Mercy Hospital Washington.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at the end of December that 2,257 people nationwide had been hospitalized with flu and 18 children had died from complications of the illness. Also during the month of December, the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Washington and Mercy Urgent Care clinics in the area reported 105 cases of influenza. Of those cases, 88 were Influenza B and affected 46 children ages 5 to 14.

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