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Influenza B: Different strain of flu hits Chicago area

By John Garcia,

After an unusually heavy flu season over the winter months, a different strain of the flu is bringing a second round of patients to area hospital emergency rooms.

Barbara Clarke was hoping to be at work today, but instead she was admitted at Elmhurst Hospital on Tuesday afternoon with Influenza B.

“I just feel achy and congested,” Clarke said.

It may seem like flu season should be over, but it’s not for Clarke and lots of other patients. Hospitals have seen an uptick in the number of flu cases over the last couple weeks.


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