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Good evening, I'm Leah Johnson.

Tonight... we're going to spend the first part of our broadcast talking about the flu epidemic... and what you can do to keep you and your family well.

And I'm Frank Malloy... We begin with some relatively good news from the Centers for Disease Control.

The agency tracks numbers week by week...and today, they said flu activity may be waning in Georgia.

So far this season there have been 330 reported hospitalizations in this state...

and two flu deaths.

Those numbers due in part to the fact that...by the CDC's tracking, flu season started about 5 weeks early.

So how do the germs spread so fast?

The fact is... The flu travels as far as six feet when a person coughs or sneezes.

That makes it easy to pass on...even before you have symptoms.

And for adults...the usual onset time, the CDC says, is about 6 days....from the time you get it...to the time you feel sick.

For children, it's slightly less.

And where do people come in contact with it? Quite often...at work.

So why not just stay home?

Turns out, many Americans can't afford to.

 

 

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a third of the nation's employees can not take sick days.

While most full-timers get paid sick leave, only a fraction of part-time workers get them.

That's raising health risks on everyone as the flu outbreak hits early and hard this year.

It's also costly for businesses.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that even a typical flu season costs companies about 10-point-four-billion dollars in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults.

So with more people on the job---and under the weather-- germs get passed around.

Denise Leaptrot with Coliseum Medical Center...paid our station a visit today, to show us some of the hotspots.

They're mostly common areas, like the breakroom and the bathroom.

Company vehicles...that more than one person drives, can be an issue too.

And yes...even your own germs are a problem.

You spread them to things like your keyboard and your mouse...and they tend to stick around, even after you feel better. So..what do to?

So with more people on the job---and under the weather-- germs get passed around.

Denise Leaptrot with Coliseum Medical Center...paid our station a visit today, to show us some of the hotspots.

They're mostly common areas, like the breakroom and the bathroom.

Company vehicles...that more than one person drives, can be an issue too.

And yes...even your own germs are a problem.

You spread them to things like your keyboard and your mouse...and they tend to stick around, even after you feel better. So..what do to?

< Most of the processes that we use in the hospital can be amended to work pretty good in an office setting, but it still all goes back to trying to keep yourself as personally healthy as you can so that when you are exposed to any type of an infection causing illness, you have a fair chance of fighting it off. >

13wmaz's Tom George...took Ms. Leaptrot on a walking tour of our station.

Turns out, there may be some work to do...she said she'd give us a C...on our flu-proofing.

You can go inside our newsroom with her...by looking for this story at 13WMAZ-dot-com. ***}

While adults tend to be exposed at work... for kids, it's the classroom where germs grow and spread.

Brian Todd followed one school nurse onto campus... to learn how she's using creativity to teach clean habits.

We contacted some local school districts to find out specifics about absenteeism... but those numbers can be hard to pin down, because parents don't always specifically say when their child has had the flu as opposed to something else.

A man who ran away from an officer after a routine traffic stop in Peach County launched a search involving helicopters tonight.

Investigators told 13WMAZ the man could be in the area surrounding Koinonia Farms, Houston Road, Boyscout Road, and Whispering Pines Trail.

The suspect was described as a light-complexioned black man wearing a black-and-white striped shirt and white pants.

The Georgia State Patrol supplied helicopters to help with the search..

If you have any information on the suspect, you can call the Byron Police Department at 956-2880.

A Republican Congressman from Georgia says comments he made on rape "misconstrued" his own position on the topic.

Yesterday, Representative Phil Gingrey spoke at a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

According to a local newspaper, Gingrey, who represents Georgia's 11th district,

said campaign statements by Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin were a little bit over the top and tried to analyze their positions.

He also said Akin was partly right.

During his race for the Senate, Akin said a woman's body had a way of shutting down to prevent pregnancy during, quote, legitimate rapes.

Mourdock, during his bid for another Senate seat, said even if life begins in rape, that's something God intended to happen.

In a statement released today, Gingrey said he was merely trying to provide context to what Akin and Mourdock said and that he doesn't defend their remarks.

The Conservative Political Action Conference announced Congressman Paul Ryan will be speaking at its conference in March.

Some speculate it could be another sign the former vice presidential candidate is considering a run for the White House in 20-16... Though Ryan hasn't said so himself.

C-PAC is the largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists, and has launched the presidential campaigns of many Republican candidates.

The annual CPAC straw poll is considered a broad measure of the conservative movement, especially as a vote on possible presidential candidates.

After a surprise decision by a Fulton County judge... the dispute over a swath of land between Monroe and Bibb continues could end within a week.

Judge Kelly Amanda Lee ruled in a favor of Monroe...shifting the border south to include dozens of homes that are in Bibb County.

Though Bibb County's numbers stand to change once consolidation takes effect next year... We used current numbers and paired them against Monroe County... to see how the change would affect property owners.

We took a 132 thousand dollar home and discovered that the property taxes in Bibb would be just over 17-hundred dollars.

But that same house in Monroe would be taxed at just over 13-hundred dollars.

We talked to a realtor who says property taxes play a role in people's decision to buy a home.

<"It's a pretty big factor um because that could really change your price per month for from 100 dollars to 300 dollars depending on the price of home you get um it really is a factor in people's decision if they're chosing to be in Monroe County vs. Bibb County.">

The Judge's official order could come down next week.

Some other numbers tonight revolve around crude oil prices.

They jumped 10 percent over the past month.

And market analysts say that's because of a few things, including a Saudi production cut, the Fiscal Cliff resolution, and the reversal of a key pipeline running between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.

But analysts expect the gains will be short-lived.

Taking oil's lead, gas prices have begun to rise too.

Triple-A says prices at the pump are up almost a dime a gallon from December lows.

In Macon as you can see...they've risen a few cents since last week...though they're pretty comparable to this time last year.

Fortunately for motorists, analysts don't expect the recent gains to continue.

There it is... The first official portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge... on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The Duchess herself attended the unveiling earlier today... And she liked it so much she called the artists' work "amazing".

The portrait was created by renowned artist Paul Emsley, and shows the Duchess' head and shoulders against a dark background.

Her husband, Prince William, was also on hand, he called it absolutely beautiful.

The royal couple is expecting a baby later this year.

Welcome back, everyone.

We're borrowing Ben from the weather center...and entering the entertainment world for a little weekend planning.

This weekend...a period mob movie comes out...plus, Marlon Wayans, one of the Wayons brothers, takes the paranormal movie genre...and twists it for a few laughs.

First though, we're going to look at Gangster Squad.

It's set in 1949...and Sean Penn Plays on the role of Los Angeles mob king Mickey Cohen.

Cohen has politicians and police all in his pocket... Until Sergeant John O'Mara shows up.

He's the only one willing to take the legendary gangster on.

But... during the battle for power...one of O'Mara's people falls for Cohen's girlfriend.

As you can imagine...that's a bad idea...and the love triangle brings both drama...and danger.

"gangster Squad" is loosely based on the real life of Mickey Cohen.

It's rated R.

And, you can be sure of one thing.

No one does the paranormal like Marlon Wayans.

He took "A Haunted House"... A man and his girlfriend...threw in a priest...and a team of ghost hunters.. Mixed them up...and came out with a parody of a recent string of horror movies.

This one may be more laughs than scares...but it's also rated R...so you'll want to get a babysitter before you check it out.

Tonight's fan of the day is Melissa Stoker Bowling.

Email fan of the day at 13wmaz dot com to claim your coffee mug.

Thank you for joining us... Eyewitness News-Weekend Mornin' starts tomorrow at 7.

The news is always on at 13WMAZ dot com.

Letterman's next

Have a safe night everyone.

 

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