Nobody likes the flu but the party spoiler of respiratory diseases shows up every year anyway. This year, the flu virus is turning out to be a particularly aggressive unwelcome guest and Maryland is a hot spot.
State and federal health officials say influenza seems to be sickening more people.
State health officials, who keep a partial tally of residents who go to the doctor and the emergency room with influenza symptoms, report that activity spiked in mid-December and got worse by year’s end.
“It’s a significant flu season,” said Dr. Howard Haft, Maryland’s deputy secretary for public health. “We are in the midst of the peak flu season. How long it will last is a little...