Four flu-related deaths reported in Wis.

Officials: Flu season early, more cases reported

Published On: Dec 04 2012 08:10:50 AM CST
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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.