FluView : 2013-2014 Influenza Season ; Week 44 ending November 2, 2013
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FluView : 2013-2014 Influenza Season ; Week 44 ending November 2, 2013

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      Synopsis: During week 44 (October 27-November 2, 2013), influenza activity remained low in the United States.

      o Viral Surveillance : Of 4,118specimenstested and reported by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories during week 44, 201 (4.9%) were positive for influenza.

      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 that occurred during the 2012-2013 season were reported.

      o Outpatient Illness Surveillance : The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 1.4%, below the national baseline of 2.0%. All 10 regions reported ILI below region-specific baseline levels. One state experienced moderate ILI activity, three states experienced low ILI activity, 46 states and New York City experienced minimal ILI activity and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.

      o Geographic Spread of Influenza : The geographic spread of influenza in two state was reported as regional; Puer to Rico and 4 states reported local influenza activity; the District of Columbia, Guam and 34 states reported sporadic influenza activity; 10 states reported no influenza activity, and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report.

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