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Flu rates rise in state but Monroe stable
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MONROE - Despite reports of an increase in flu cases statewide from the Department of Health Services, the influenza rate in Monroe appears to be average. Monroe Clinic officials report they've seen no increase in patients throughout this flu season, despite reports that this season has seen more than five times as many flu cases than last season. Thomas Haupt, influenza surveillance coordinator for the state Department of Health Services in Madison, confirmed a report that the 2016-2017 flu season has already well surpassed the previous season by amount of influenza-associated hospitalizations: Last week saw the number of hospitalizations surpass 1,200, compared with the 235 that occurred by this time last year.