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GA H1N1 cases continue to spike

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia is seeing an increase in hospitalizations from H1N1.

In the last week, the number of swine flu hospitalizations in the state doubled to 80. There have been two million cases of the H1N1 virus in the United States from January through the end of February. Health officials say in the latest spike, the people coming down with the virus aren't the typical patient.

"We've also seen hospitalizations rise among a different group of individuals the age group from 25 to 69 appear to be the ones that are becoming sick now which may or may not be indicative of another wave," said Dan Staib, R.N. Infectious Disease Program Director.

Fifty-eight people in Georgia have died from the virus. Health officials are encouraging those who have not received the H1N1 shot to get vaccinated. They also recommend keeping up with good hygiene practices.

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