Four flu-related deaths reported in Wis.
Officials: Flu season early, more cases reported
State health officials say the flu season is off to an early and deadly start in Wisconsin.
The Division of Public Health said four flu-related deaths have been reported and 26 people have been hospitalized. State epidemiologist Tom Haupt said in the last two to three flu seasons, no flu-related hospitalizations were reported before January.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported 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.
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