Monday, March 12, 2018
During the week ending March 3, 2018, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread. This is the 13th consecutive week that widespread activity has been reported. There were 6,414 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 53% decrease over last week. Of the 5,676 specimens submitted to WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 1,579 (27.82%) were positive for influenza. Of the 94 specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, 87 were positive for influenza. 8 were Influenza A (H1), 43 were influenza A (H3), 1 was influenza A (Not Subtyped), 32 were influenza B (Yamagata), 2 were influenza B (Victoria) and 1 was influenza B (Lineage Not Specified). • Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) from ILINet providers was 5.21%, which is above the regional baseline of 3.10%. The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 1,026, a 41% decrease over last week. There were no influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this week. There have been five influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this season.
Information obtained from the New York State Department of Health Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report.