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Influenza Update

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

During the week ending April 14, 2018, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread. This is the 19th consecutive week that widespread activity has been reported. There were 1,801 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 21% decrease over last week. Of the 2,149 specimens submitted to WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 348 (16.19%) were positive for influenza. Of the 84 specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, 55 were positive for influenza. 53 were influenza A (H3) and 2 were influenza B (Yamagata). Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) from ILINet providers was 2.47%, which is below the regional baseline of 3.10%. The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 335, a 30% decrease over last week. One influenza-associated pediatric death was reported this week. There have been six influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this season.

Information obtained from the New York State Department of Health Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report.

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