The Department for Public Health is describing influenza activity in Kentucky as an epidemic. Kentucky is in its sixth consecutive week of widespread flu activity, which is the highest level of flu activity and indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard said widespread influenza activity means that Kentuckians are likely to encounter one or more persons shedding influenza virus at work, school, while shopping, traveling, at an entertainment event and in places of worship. The most common flu type identified in Kentucky this season is influenza A, which was in 78% of the 65 influenza-associated deaths reported. Citizens are urged to take precautions to avoid the spread of germs.