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Influenza Outbreak in Pennsylvania

Influenza Outbreak in Pennsylvania
(AP)-- Health officials say the flu is spreading quickly across Pennsylvania.

Officials said Tuesday that the number of cases reported to the Health Department more than doubled in the past week.

 Flu activity is now considered widespread in Pennsylvania. That means at least half the state is experiencing outbreaks of influenza or increases in flu-like illnesses.

Acting Health Secretary Michael Wolf is urging state residents to get flu shots.

New York state health officials say cases of the virus have been reported in 47 counties.

The flu appeared earlier than usual this year. Widespread activity is usually not seen until January.