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      New strain cause of spike in flu cases

      The spike in flu cases in Lenawee County is being attributed to a relatively new strain of the virus. Commissioner Dr. Dennis Chernin of the Lenawee County Health Department said the new strain is affecting a new demographic of people."In this particular strain which is three or four years old, the human population has not been exposed to it," Dr. Chernin said.

      He said young adults are a particular target of this new strain. "Young people with robust immune systems have not experienced this strain of the flu virus before," Dr. Chernin said.

      Melissa Ansted brought her three children to the Lenawee County Health Department to get flu shots. "Hearing about the deaths in Lucas County and now here in Lenawee County, it's not worth the risk of not getting the shot," Ms. Ansted said.

      The Lenawee County Health Department will have two more flu clinics this month; on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Lenawee County Health Department is located at 1040 S. Winter St. in Adrian.READ: Lenawee County reporting nearly 500 cases of influenza