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January 9, 2013 11:43 PM

Flu season starts early, but it’s too soon to tell if it will hit harder

The flu virus hit the Kansas City area early and spread fast this season. Now the next few weeks will reveal just how severe the virus’ outbreak will be. So far this season, more than 13,000 flu cases have been reported in Missouri. That is an almost 2,000 percent increase from the five-season average for this early in the winter.

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