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Influenza Update

Monday, May 21, 2018

On May 17, 2018, NYS Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD announced that flu is no longer “prevalent” in NYS. Therefore, this will be the last flu report in our News column until the next flu season.

During the week ending May 12, 2018, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread. This is the 23rd consecutive week that widespread activity has been reported. There were 457 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 41% decrease over last week. Of the 1,569 specimens submitted to WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 86 (5.48%) were positive for influenza. Of the 111 specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, 102 were positive for influenza. 6 were influenza A(H1), 67 were influenza A(H3), 26 were influenza B(Yamagata), and 3 were influenza B(Victoria). Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) from ILINet providers was 1.71%, which is below the regional baseline of 3.10%. The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 99, a 38% decrease over last week. There were no influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this week. There have been six influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this season.

Information obtained from the New York State Department of Health Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report.

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