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Delayed Flu Outbreak Hits New York Hard

  • Hospitals may see more patients as virus sweeps the nation
  • Doctor, clinic visits may contribute to insurer costs
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Late and unwelcome as ever, the flu has arrived.

The annual influenza season, which typically peaks between December and February, has picked up strength across the U.S. and is widespread now in 37 states, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The virus is highly active in the south and west -- normally seen early in the season -- and it also hitting hard in New York and New Jersey.