MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Federal health officials say that the flu is now widespread in Alabama - and it's expected to increase.

Al.com reports that Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control.

High levels of the flu were also reported in Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, among other states.

The Alabama Department of Public Health reports that nearly every county in the state is experiencing significant flu activity.

Typically, the flu season lasts from October to as late as May. The highest activity is generally seen from January through March.

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