Flu

Maryland among states with high number of flu cases

Maryland among states with high number of flu cases

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...

28°