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FluView : 2014-2015 Influenza Season ; Week 2 ending January 17, 2015
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    Synopsis: During week 2 (January 11-17, 2015), influenza activity remained elevated in the United States. o ViralSurveillance:Of26,205specimenstestedandreportedbyU.S.WorldHealth Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories during week 2, 5,104 (19.5%) were positive for influenza. o PneumoniaandInfluenzaMortality:Theproportionofdeathsattributedtopneumoniaand influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold. o Influenza-associatedPediatricDeaths:Eleveninfluenza-associatedpediatricdeathswere reported. o Influenza-associatedHospitalizations:Acumulativeratefortheseasonof36.3 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported. o OutpatientIllnessSurveillance:Theproportionofoutpatientvisitsforinfluenza-likeillness (ILI) was 4.5%, above the national baseline of 2.0%. All 10 regions reported ILI at or above region-specific baseline levels. Puerto Rico and 23 states experienced high ILI activity; New York City and 10 states experienced moderate ILI activity; 10 states experienced low ILI activity; seven states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia had insufficient data. o Geographic Spread of Influenza: The geographic spread of influenza in 44 states was reported as widespread; Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and five states reported regional activity; and the District of Columbia and one state reported local activity.
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