Sporadic flu activity may last several more weeks, CDC says

Mackenzie Bean - Print  | 

Twenty-eight states reported sporadic flu activity for the week ending May 11, which may continue for several more weeks, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report.

Six things to know:

1. The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness fell slightly to 1.5 percent for the week ending May 11, which falls below the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

2. One state reported low flu activity for the week ending May 11, and 49 states experienced minimal activity.

3. The CDC confirmed 308 positive specimens for influenza A and 198 positive specimens for influenza B. In total, the agency has confirmed 176,109 positive flu specimens since Sept. 30, 2018.

4. The overall flu-associated hospitalization rate increased from 64.7 per 100,000 people for the week ending May 4 to 65.7 per 100,000 people for the week ending May 11.

5. Three pediatric flu deaths were reported to the CDC for the week ending May 11, bringing the total count to 109 for the 2018-19 season.

6. Four states reported regional flu activity for the week ending May 11, 16 states reported local flu activity, 28 states reported sporadic activity, and two states reported no activity.

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