Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flu cases on the rise

Since beginning of the year, Influenza activity in the United States has been steadily increasing. The following flu-like condition levels were experienced during week 3 (January 16-22, 2011),:
  • Nine states (Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia) experienced high ILI activity.
  • Eight states (Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, South Carolina, and Tennessee) experienced moderate ILI activity.
  • New York City and nine states (California, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming) experienced low ILI activity.
  • Minimal ILI activity was experienced by 24 states (Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin).

Compared to two previous weeks,
Activity is Up  (from Moderate to High) in Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Maryland
                      (from Low to  Moderate) in South Carolina and Idaho, Florida
                      (from Minimal to Low) in California
Activity is Down  to Low in Nevada, New York


During week 3, the following influenza activity was reported:
  • Widespread influenza activity was reported by 25 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming).
  • Regional influenza activity was reported by 16 states (Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin).
  • Local influenza activity was reported by the District of Columbia and four states (Iowa, North Dakota, Washington, and West Virginia).
  • Sporadic influenza activity was reported by Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and four states (Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah).
  • Guam reported no influenza activity.

Influenza activity continues to rise throughout many countries in the Northern Hemisphere. During the week ending January 15, 2011, influenza activity increased in East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Activity in UK and Canada was decreasing

According to the China National Influenza Center, the percentage of influenza-positive respiratory samples in China continues to rise,

According to WHO, influenza activity in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia increased during the last two to three weeks (as of January 14th). The majority of cases were influenza B. Influenza activity is increasing in Iran and Pakistan, where the predominant influenza A subtype is 2009 H1N1. Since October, 2010, there have been 122 influenza-related deaths in Egypt.

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