January 10th, 2013
09:10 PM ET

NIH: Flu at epidemic levels spreading across America

The National Institutes of Health tells CNN that the flu is now at epidemic levels. The epidemic is already spreading across 41 states.

This year's flu season came sooner than expected, and already, the case are more severe. The CDC says flu has left 2,257 hospitalized with 18 deaths - among them children.

Flu activity widespread in 41 states

No nationwide tally yet on adult deaths, but Minnesota officials count 27 in their state.

South Carolina: 22

Indiana: 13

Arkansas: 7

Illinois: 6

OutFront tonight: CNN's Ted RowlandsDr. Ian Lipkin, an epidemiologist and the medical mind behind the movie "Contagion". Retired Colonel Randall Larsen, a bioterror expert.

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