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 Post subject: Week 4 FluView
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Week 4 FluView has P&I death rate of 9.4% and 8 pediatric deaths.

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Eight influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 4. Five were associated with influenza A (H3) viruses and occurred during weeks 3 and 4 (weeks ending January 19 and 26, 2013), one was associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was not determined and occurred during week 4 (week ending January 26, 2013), and two were associated with influenza B viruses and occurred during week 1 (week ending January 5, 2013).

A total of 45 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2012-2013 season from New York City [1] and 20 states (Arkansas [1], Arizona [1], Colorado [5], Florida [5], Hawaii [1], Indiana [1], Kansas [1], Maine [1], Massachusetts [1], Michigan [4], Minnesota [1], Nebraska [1], New Jersey [4], New York [3], Ohio [1], South Carolina [1], Tennessee [1], Texas [9], Washington [1], and Wisconsin [1]). Additional data can be found at http://gis.cdc.gov/GRASP/Fluview/PedFluDeath.html.

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 Post subject: Re: Week 4 FluView
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Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
3:47p.m. EST
February 1, 2013


There are currently three main flu strains circulating nationwide, with H3N2 the predominant one. It appears to be especially dangerous for the elderly.

Story Highlights
Number of hospitalizations and deaths expected to rise
Forty-five children have died from flu
Flu is hitting hard in the west, though waning elsewhere

Though the flu is beginning to wane nationally, it is sickening and killing seniors at rates "higher than we've ever seen," a CDC flu expert said Friday.

Last week the number of people older than 65 who died from a laboratory-confirmed case of the influenza was 116 per 100,000. "We've kept rates since 2005 and we have never seen a rate this high," said Michael Jhung, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The highest we've ever seen in was 90 per 100,000."

He expects those numbers to go higher still. Hospitalization -- and, in some cases, death -- follows several weeks after a person first gets sick.

"We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse" before it's over, he said. "The deaths are still accumulating."

Each year, between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans die from influenza-related causes, the CDC estimates. So far this season, 45 children have died as a result of the flu. Numbers for adults won't be available until the flu season ends. The virus is surging in the West but, is waning nationally:

-- 9.4% of deaths reported in CDC's 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza as of Jan. 26. That's well above the epidemic threshold of 7.2%, but down from 9.8% a week earlier.

-- The proportion of people visiting the doctor for influenza-like illness was 4.2% down from 4.3%the week before, CDC's FluView report showed. The baseline number for the year is 2.2%.

-- Flu remains "elevated" nationwide, with 42 states reporting widespread geographic influenza activity and seven reporting regional activity, CDC said. The previous week, 47 states had widespread activity.

Influenza is always more dangerous to people 65 and older, but it is worse this year because the prevalent flu strain -- H3N2 -- is especially dangerous to older people. H3N2 has not circulated much since 2005, so the people have little immunity to it unless they were vaccinated this year.

"It has come out from under a rock and it's now dominant because there is a larger population of susceptible people," said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

For that reason, Jhung said it's not too late to get vaccinated. If people, especially the elderly, start to feel ill, they should contact their doctor quickly. Antiviral drugs, taken within 48 hours of the onset of the flu, are helpful in preventing complications and keeping people out of the hospital, he said.

This year's flu season got off to an early start, hitting the East Coast especially hard in late December and early January. Several cities, including Boston and New York, declared flu emergencies.

"The wave this year went from the entire eastern part of the country and then moved west," Jhung said. Despite the downward tick, the flu continues to hit hard, especially in the West.

California, Oregon and Washington are still showing increases, said Jhung. While nationally 4.2% of visits to doctors offices are for flu-like illnesses, in that part of the country it the figure it 5.9%, up from 4.6% the week before.

Flu rates are at the highest levels seen in the past four years in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. In Los Angeles, seven adults have died of flu, six of them over the age of 65. All had H3N2, the Public Health Department reported Thursday.

In San Diego, 19 people had died as of Tuesday, the majority of whom had underlying illnesses, according to the city's Health and Human Services Agency.

In Oregon, rates of flu-like illnesses are high, though so far this season no children have died from flu.

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 Post subject: Re: Week 4 FluView
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BY WILLIAM WEIR, bweir@courant.com
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3:00 p.m. EST, February 1, 2013



Flu in the U.S. appears to be on the wane, at least in certain areas.

Connecticut was one of 13 states reporting moderate activity of the flu for the week ending Jan. 26. The previous week, the state was among 26 listed as having "high activity." For the most recent reporting period, only 24 states reported high activity.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Friday stating that, for the fourth consecutive week, flu has officially been at epidemic levels. The proportion of overall deaths attributed to the flu, however, has fallen from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent. The epidemic threshold is 7.4 percent.

There were eight pediatric deaths during the week in the U.S. bringing the season total to 45. The CDC doesn't track the number of deaths of people over 65, but officials have said that it's been a particularly tough season for the elderly. Of the 7,724 laboratory confirmed hospitalizations for the flu, more than half have been for people 65 and older.
Connecticut, there have been 23 flu deaths in the state this season. Four of the deaths were of people between 55 and 65 and the rest were all people over 65.

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 Post subject: Re: Week 4 FluView
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Flu Rises in the West, Sets in the East

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By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: February 01, 2013

Flu activity continues to wane in Eastern and Southern states, but cases are on the rise out West, the CDC reported Friday.

Slight increases were reported for Western regions that include California, Oregon, and Washington, the agency said in its flu activity report for the week ending Jan. 26.

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza came down slightly, to 9.4% from last week's 9.8% -- but that figure remains well above the epidemic threshold of 7.4%, the agency said.

The week ended in the same number of pediatric deaths as the one prior, and the additional eight deaths brings the national total based on data from New York City and 20 states to 45 children killed in this year's flu season.

The total had already surpassed last year's 34 pediatric deaths, but is lower than the 122 seen in the 2010-2011 season and the 282 seen during the H1N1 epidemic.

Over the course of the season, the rate of hospitalizations due to flu was 25.9 per 100,000 population, with seniors hardest hit, accounting for more than half of all reported hospitalized cases.

As for outpatient disease, 4.2% of visits during the week ending Jan. 26 were due to influenza-like illness, above the national baseline of 2.2%, researchers reported. Regionally, those rates ranged from 2.4% to 6.7%.

Such activity has remained relatively stable since last week's 4.3%, which was a decline from 4.6% and 4.8% the 2 weeks prior.

Twenty-four states were still reporting high levels of flu-like disease activity, down from 26 states last week and 30 states the week prior.

Most cases were due to influenza A strains, particularly H3N2 viruses, which were still showing wide susceptibility to neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza).

The agency again reminded clinicians and the general public of the need for fast antiviral treatment especially the elderly and other high-risk groups such as pregnant women, people with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and neurological disorders.

A total of 134.2 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed to providers, but the agency noted that patients who are still seeking the shot may need to call more than one provider to get it.
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 Post subject: Re: Week 4 FluView
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ATLANTA, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Federal officials say influenza-like-illness activity has dropped in the East and risen sharply in the West a little more than halfway through the flu season.

The weekly flu report released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Friday said eight influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported -- six for the week end Jan. 26 and two occurred during the week ending Jan. 5.

A total of 45 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported during the this flu season -- one in New York City, one each in Arkansas, Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin. Three influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported in New York, four each in Michigan and New Jersey, five each in Colorado, Florida and nine in Texas.

Thirty-four pediatric deaths were reported during the 2011-12 flu season, 122 were reported in the 2010-11 season and 282 were reported during the H1N1 2009-10 flu season.

More than 50 percent of those hospitalized with flu symptoms were age 65 and older. The CDC and some states do not keep records on adult influenza deaths but the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was above the epidemic threshold, the CDC said.

Of 10,581 specimens tested and reported by laboratories, 2,701 -- 25.5 percent -- tested positive for influenza, down from 26.1 percent the previous week.

Twenty-four states and New York City, down from 26 states and New York City the previous week, experienced high influenza-like illness activity. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia experienced moderate influenza-like illness activity.

Kentucky, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin experienced low influenza-like illness activity. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee experienced minimal influenza-like illness activity.


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 Post subject: Re: Week 4 FluView
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Is the worst of the flu epidemic behind us? A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of flu-related deaths has fallen during the week of January 20 to 26.

The CDC says in its latest report that 9.4 percent of all U.S. deaths were caused by flu or pneumonia. That's still considered an epidemic, rising above the CDC's measurable threshold of 7.4 percent of all deaths during the fourth week of the year, however it represents a decrease from the 9.8 percent of all U.S. deaths reported in last week's FluView surveillance.

Forty-two states are now reporting widespread flu activity, meaning more than 50 percent of its counties are affected by flu, but that's also down from 47 states from the previous report.


The number of states reporting high flu activity has also decreased, from 26 states and New York City last week to 24 states and the City for the latest report. The CDC updates its U.S. flu statistics every Friday.

People looking for information on their state can visit the CDC's website.

However, the country is not out of the clear. Eight more children died from flu over the past week, raising the total to 45 for the 2012-2013 influenza season. The CDC does not specifically track adult death rates from flu.

Flu-related hospitalizations still remain high, and in fact are on the rise. For all ages, 25.9 out of 100,000 people were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, up from 22 out of 100,000 from last week's report. The elderly continue to be the age group getting hit hardest, with more than 50 percent of those hospitalized being ages 65 and older.

The CDC urges people 65 and older and other high-risk people, such as those with underlying medical conditions or women who are pregnant, to seek treatment quickly if they develop flu symptoms. They would then be prescribed an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza, which the CDC says can reduce symptoms and help avert more serious complications like pneumonia or the need for hospitalization.

It's also not too late to get a flu shot, according to the CDC. The agency recommends people visit the flu vaccine finder to find available doses in your area.

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 Post subject: Re: Week 4 FluView
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US flu tide sinks in East, rises in West
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Feb 1, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – Several national barometers of influenza-like illness (ILI) activity fell slightly last week as the flu weakened in the East while rising in the West, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in its weekly update today.

In an e-mail statement, the CDC said ILI activity fell in the East but rose sharply in the West during the week of Jan 20 to 26. Twenty-four states reported high ILI activity, down from 26 a week earlier, while 13 had moderate activity, the agency update said. A CDC map shows the high levels mostly in the south-central, southwestern, and West Coast states.

Forty-two states reported geographically widespread cases last week, down from 47 states the week before. Seven states had regional activity.

ILI accounted for 4.2% of outpatient medical visits to sentinel providers last week, down a hair from 4.3% a week earlier. That compares with a national baseline level of 2.2%. By region, the levels varied from 2.4% to 6.7%.

Eight flu-related pediatric deaths were reported last week, the same number as the week before. The total for the season has reached 45, the CDC said.

The number of patients hospitalized for flu this season has reached 7,224, for a cumulative ratio of 25.9 cases per 100,000 people. The CDC said more than 50% of the patients have been age 65 or older. Of the hospital cases, 87.1% have involved influenza A.

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu was 9.4%, down from 9.8% the week before but still well above the epidemic threshold of 7.4%, the agency said.

The share of respiratory specimens testing positive for flu was down slightly at 25.5%, compared with 26.1% a week earlier.

On the flu vaccine front, 134.2 million doses had been distributed to providers as of Jan 25. The agency repeated its advisory that people seeking vaccination may need to call more than one provider.

Meanwhile, respiratory illness activity in Central America and the Caribbean held steady or decreased in the third week of January, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported on Jan 30. In South America, respiratory illness levels remained low or unchanged.

In Europe, flu activity continued to increase in many countries last week, but it may have passed its peak in some, particularly in northwestern Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported today.

Two thirds of the 29 reporting countries cited medium-intensity transmission, wide geographic spread, and increasing trends, "in a range of combinations," the ECDC said.

The proportion of sentinel respiratory samples that tested positive for flu reached 52%, up from 45% a week earlier, the agency reported.

About half of the flu isolates in Europe this season have been type A and half type B, unlike the United States, where about 79% of isolates have been type A. Among type A isolates in Europe, the proportion of 2009 H1N1 viruses has increased in the last 2 weeks, from 52% of influenza A samples to 62%. That strain has been almost nonexistent in the US this winter.

See also:

CDC FluView weekly report

PAHO flu activity page

Feb 1 ECDC flu update summary

US recent flu activity summary
Flu indicator
Jan 20-26
Jan 13-19

Specimens positive
25.5%
26.1%

Outpatient ILI visits (baseline 2.2%)
4.2%
4.3%

High ILI activity states
24
26

Moderate ILI activity states
13 + DC
14

P&I deaths (threshold)
9.4% (7.4%)
9.8% (7.3%)

Pediatric deaths
8
8

Cumulative hospitalizations/100,000
25.9
22.2

Geographic extent

Widespread, states
42
47

Regional, states
7
2

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