Flu now widespread and 'high intensity' in Maryland

January 13, 2015 3:47 PM

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Flu now widespread and 'high intensity' in Maryland

Influenza, or “flu,” is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. It is not the upset stomach popularly called “stomach flu,” according to the Maryland DHMH.

It is highly contagious and is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, and by direct contact with infected people or contaminated objects like door handles and computer keyboards.

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