First pediatric flu death reported in 2018-19 season

The first flu-associated pediatric death of the 2018-19 season was reported in the week ending Oct. 13, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report. The child lived in Florida, according to the state health department

Four other things to know:

1. Influenza A viruses have predominated in the U.S. since the beginning of July. The CDC found 292 (75.6 percent) specimens tested in clinical laboratories were influenza A.

2. Outpatient visits for influenzalike illness remained low at 1.4 percent, below the national baseline of 2.2 percent. All regions reported influenzalike illness below their region-specific baseline level.

3. During the week ending Oct. 13, two states reported local influenza activity; 40 states and the District of Columbia reported sporadic influenza activity, and eight states reported no influenza activity.

4. The number of deaths linked to pneumonia and influenza fell below the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System.

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