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Flu activity builds in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Public health officials say the flu is beginning to hit Illinois.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus is being seen on a regional basis throughout the state. That's one step away from being widespread.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19nn1oP ) doctors are busy treating patients who have the illness, along with those who have strep and pneumonia.

Flu activity typically begins building in the U.S. in December, although the peak typically isn't seen until sometime between January and March.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde says while the flu isn't everywhere, it's "absolutely" in the community.

Area hospitals have reported dozens of cases so far.

Last year, more than 600 people were admitted to Illinois intensive care units with the flu. At least 96 died.

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