Dominant strains identified as flu activity picks up

Flu activity is rising in the U.S., with significant circulation of influenza A(H3N2), A(H1N1)pdm09 and B/Victoria viruses, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report

Five things to know:

1. The percentage of outpatient visits for flu-like illness was 2.3 percent for the week ending Nov. 9, up from 2.1 percent a week prior. This figure remains below the national baseline of 2.4 percent, though four of 10 regions were at or above their baselines.

2. Louisiana experienced high flu-like illness activity for the week ending Nov. 9. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas all reported moderate activity levels. Nine states experienced low activity, and the remaining states experienced minimal activity.

3. Death rate attributed to pneumonia and influenza was below the epidemic threshold of 6 percent, with 4.9 percent of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza.

4. One new pediatric flu death was reported to the CDC in the week ending Nov. 9. The pediatric death count is now three for the 2019-20 flu season.

5. California, Maryland and Louisiana reported widespread flu activity, and seven states reported regional flu activity for the week ending Nov. 9. Twenty states reported local flu activity, 19 states reported sporadic activity and Rhode Island reported no flu activity.

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