FluView : 2014-2015 Influenza Season ; Week 42 ending October 18, 2014
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FluView : 2014-2015 Influenza Season ; Week 42 ending October 18, 2014

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      Synopsis: During week 42 (October 12-18, 2014), influenza activity was low in the United States.

      o Viral Surveillance: Of 8,412 specimens tested and reported by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories during week 42,403 (4.8%) were positive for influenza.

      o Novel Influenza A Virus: One human infection with a novel influenza A virus was reported.

      o Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the epidemic threshold.

      o Influenza-associated Pediatric Deaths: Two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported, including one influenza-associated pediatric death that occurred during the 2013-2014 season.

      o Outpatient Illness Surveillance: The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 1.4%, which is below the national baseline of 2.0%. One region reported ILI above their region-specific baseline level. Puerto Rico experienced high ILI activity; one state experienced low ILI activity; New York City and 49 states experienced minimal ILI activity and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.

      o Geographic Spread of Influenza: The geographic spread of influenza in Guam was reported as widespread; Puerto Rico and five states reported local activity; the U.S. Virgin Islands and 36 states reported sporadic activity; and the District of Columbia and nine states reported no influenza activity.

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