Officials say flu activity is widespread in Kentucky

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Department for Public Health says flu activity in Kentucky is now considered widespread.

A statement from the agency says that means outbreaks or flu-like activity has been reported in at least half of the state's 17 regions.

The flu virus is contagious and can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, sneezing, and body aches.

Dr. Sowell, with Graves Gilbert Clinic, says his case load has risen.

"Over the last two weeks we've had a tremendous increase just in my own personal practice. We've had 60 to 70 actual cases here," Dr. Sowell says.

The flu season typically lasts from October through May, but officials say there's been an increase in cases earlier than normal and the uptick is expected to continue for several months.

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