Flu widespread in Virginia

Flu widespread in Virginia

If you have had a fever and cough or sore throat lately, you might be one of the many Virginians starting off 2017 with the flu.

Virginia is one of 46 states that started the year with a widespread incidence of flu, a denotation it earned earlier than last flu season, according to the Virginia Department of Health. In 2016, the flu was not considered widespread — reported in at least half of the state's regions — until midway through February.

"We're in the sixth consecutive week of widespread reporting in Virginia," said VDH epidemiologist Nancy Lemis. "We normally see about 12 weeks of widespread in our state, so we have a good amount of time left that we're...