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The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta is not only counting flu cases; it's estimating flu costs in the world of work.

Epidemiologists say the seasonal flu will cost businesses that cover employee insurancenearly $10.5 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits.

That number does not include sick pay, work delays or lost productivity.

The CDC says prevention is a challenge, because the flu virus can spread to others up to 6 feet away, and the germs remain suspended in the air.

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