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Jan 12, 2013 6:10 PM by Associated Press

Flu remains widespread in Texas

FORT WORTH - The flu remains widespread in Texas, and people are still taking precautions and rushing to get the flu shot.

Catholic churches in 29 West Texas counties have been told to stop using shared communion cups.

Teachers in some East Texas schools are cleaning desks, water fountains and doorknobs.

The flu season usually starts in October and peaks from December through February. But this season started a bit earlier, in September.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn is infectious diseases director at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. He says flu's unpredictable and it's unclear how much longer the season will last.

Some hospitals and clinics in Fort Worth and Austin report fewer patients with flu-like symptoms in recent days. But emergency rooms in Dallas, El Paso and elsewhere remain crowded with flu patients.

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