Flu activity still high for this time of year, CDC says

Flu activity is decreasing nationwide, but remains "relatively high for this time of year," the CDC said in a summary of its most recent FluView report.

Six things to know:

1. The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness decreased to 2.4 percent for the week ending April 13. However, this figure still sits above the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

2. One state experienced high influenza-like illness activity for the week ending April 13; five states reported moderate activity; 14 states and Puerto Rico experienced low activity; and 30 states experienced minimal activity.

3. The number of respiratory specimens testing positive for flu viruses also decreased. CDC confirmed 2,266 positive specimens for influenza A and 403 positive specimens for influenza B for the week ending April 13.

4. The overall flu-associated hospitalization rate increased from 59.9 per 100,000 people for the week ending April 6 to 62.3 per 100,000 people for the week ending April 13.

5. Five pediatric flu deaths were reported to the CDC for the week ending April 13, bringing the total count to 91 for the 2018-19 season.

6. Flu was still widespread in 11 states for the week ending April 13. Puerto Rico and 20 states reported regional flu activity; Washington, D.C., and 17 states reported local flu activity; and two states reported sporadic activity.

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