Monday, January 10, 2011

Flu activity increasing in Europe, remains moderate but widespreads in US

In the first week of January, United Kingdom and Denmark had the highest flu circulation in Europe, (High in England and Ireland, moderate in Whales and Scotland), followed by Belgium, France, Israel, Italy, Luxemburg, Spain, and Malta.  Ukraine and Russia also experienced high flu activity. Most flu isolates are 2009 H1N1.
In Japan, there were more flu incidents, mostly of 2009 H1N1 origin. Google flu map predicted lower activity for Japan and highest for Norway, lowest for the Southern hemisphere. 
In the United States, influenza-like illness (ILI) was down the week before but still above the national baseline. Yet three more states reported widespread flu than the week before, updating the list to: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia. New York City and six states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma reported high ILI activity, Nevada and New Jersey reported moderate ILI activity, and the remaining states reported either low or minimal activity. No antibiotic resistant strains have been found.