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updated 1/21/2013 7:19:46 PM ET 2013-01-22T00:19:46

The flu outbreak in the United States has been making headlines. According to the Center for the Disease Control, 47 states have reported a widespread outbreak of influenza.

All of those sick days take a toll on both employees' wallets, business-owners' bottom lines, and the U.S. economy as a whole. For a break down of the hidden costs of the flu and a guide to your office's potential germ hotspots, see the infographic below

Related: 5 Ways to Avoid the Flu in the Workplace

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