Flu rises sharply, now widespread in 36 states — CDC

Flu rises sharply, now widespread in 36 states — CDC

Flu rises sharply, now widespread in 36 states — CDC

According to the CDC, widespread influenza activity was reported in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Still, the CDC is cautioning that the flu will likely peak between now and the end of January. "People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine", said Taylor.

Peak flu activity in the United States usually occurs around February, Radke said.

"We still have a few more months ahead in this season".

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Global surveillance is crucial to pandemic preparedness by identifying viruses overseas that might pose a human health risk to people in the United States

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the USA in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts. The levels were much higher in seniors, at 35.8 per 100,000 population.

In addition, a total of 12 influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 season have been reported.

Overall deaths from pneumonia and flu, an indicator that typically lags other flu markers, are below the seasonal baseline. "H3N2 viruses continue to predominate".

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According to the Department of Health, in the last week alone, there have been 1,745 laboratory confirmed cases of the flu, a 96 percent increase from the previous week. Both influenza A and influenza B viruses are circulating, with mixed patterns detected across the region, including higher proportions of influenza B than influenza A and more 2009 H1N1 than H3N2.

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