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Maine records first cases of flu this season

12:10 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine health officials say the flu has arrived in the state.

Officials say the first positive influenza A cases were detected early last week. The cases were in a young adult from Aroostook County, a teenager from Penobscot and an adult from Cumberland County. None was vaccinated or required hospitalization.

A long-term care facility in Penobscot County also reported an outbreak of influenza on Oct. 31. Maine's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirmed influenza A in an employee and a resident from the facility on Nov. 2.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza.

Signs of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

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