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Influenza Update

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

During the week ending April 15, 2017, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread. This is the 17th consecutive week that widespread activity has been reported. There were 2,220 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 21% decrease over last week. Of the 1,510 specimens submitted to NYS WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 262 (17.35%) were positive for influenza. Of the 6 specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, 5 were positive for influenza. 1 was influenza A (H3) and 4 were influenza B (Yamagata). Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) from ILINet providers was 3.58%, which is above the regional baseline of 3.00%. The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 400, a 6% increase over last week. There were no influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this week. There have been eight influenza-associated deaths this season.

All clinical laboratories that perform testing on residents of NYS report all positive influenza test results to NYSDOH. (Source: NYS Department of Health)

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