Few flu cases reported in Maine this season

Posted Feb. 06, 2009, at 11:06 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Only 20 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu have been reported in Maine thus far this season, but experts caution that the numbers are likely to increase in the coming weeks.

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The 20 cases were included in the latest weekly influenza surveillance report from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitals, which use a faster but less sophisticated screening test, have reported 40 cases so far.

With widespread flu reported in the Midwest and the Washington, D.C., area, health care providers say it’s just a matter of time before the virus travels north and affects more people in Maine.

Doctors say it’s not too late to get a flu shot.