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Common virus surges at the start of spring


The last few weeks have been busy for the folks at All-Med.

"We're seeing a real up tick in both Influenza A and Influenza B...but mostly Influenza B," says Dr. Chandler Muller.

That, at least, is good news.

Influenza B isn't quite as fierce.

"Still a flu virus, but it's a different one. It's less aggressive."

Muller says 1/5 of his patients have tested positive for the flu.

It's not uncommon to see two flu surges in one year.

2012, however, was the exception.

"We didn't really have a flu season last year," says Muller.

Now that they do?

"We kinda gear ourselves up for busy waiting rooms."

With that comes a greater chance doctors and nurses could get sick, too.

"You have to wash your hands each and every time you come in contact [with a patient]," says nurse Angelica Brown.

But even that isn't enough.

"It's airborne. Coughing, sneezing, can spread it around so it doesn't matter how much you wash your hands," adds Dr. Muller.

Which means "we wipe down the counters with disinfectant wipes, we spray the counters with Lysol," adds office clerk, Tekeria Johnson

It seems to be working.

"I've been here eight years and I've had the flu one time," says Brown.

Unfortunately, doctors say if you're sick with the flu you should not go to work or school until your fever has been gone for 24 hours.

Dr. Muller says many people have been out of work lately.

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