N. Ky. experiences record harsh flu season

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department says the region has experienced a record "harsh" flu season.

The agency says it recorded the highest number of flu cases in its history over the past season with 3,492. Eight people died. During the previous season of 2011-2012, the department recorded 284 cases.

Health department spokeswoman Emily Gresham Wherle told The Kentucky Enquirer that the increase likely was due to several factors including a stronger flu strain, better reporting by health care providers and improved tracking by the health department.

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