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As flu-like illnesses increase, infectious disease expert urges action

HOUSTON (December30, 2013)

The number of people heading to Houston-area emergency rooms with flu symptoms jumped last week, with 5.8 percent of patients possibly having the flu - up from 4.2 percent one week earlier.

At least 867 people with flu-like symptoms have sought treatment in December at Houston's leading trauma centers, with more than 100 being hospitalized for intensive treatment.