What started out early is now full-blown. The Kentucky Department for Public Health informed federal health authorities this week that data it has received from local health departments, hospitals, clinics and private doctors indicates that flu is now "widespread" in the state.
Darla Carter of The Courier-Journal reports that Louisville officials have confirmed nine cases and 127 positive rapid tests since the first week of November. For the status to be "widespread," the state explained it had received numerous reports from throughout the commonwealth. What is being reported is not a 24-hour bug, but a 7-10 day virus. Health officials are vigorously encouraging flu vaccinations. (Read more)