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FluView : 2015-2016 Influenza Season ; Week 6 ending February 13, 2016
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    All data are preliminary and may change as more reports are received. Synopsis: During week 6 (February 7-13, 2016), influenza activity increased in the United States. • Viral Surveillance: The most frequently identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories during week 6 was influenza A, with influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 viruses predominating. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories increased. • Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below their system-specific epidemic threshold in both the NCHS Mortality Surveillance System and the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System. • Influenza-associated Pediatric Deaths: Two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. • Influenza-associated Hospitalizations: A cumulative rate for the season of 4.1 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported. • Outpatient Illness Surveillance: The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 3.1%, which is above the national baseline of 2.1%. Nine of 10 regions reported ILI at or above region-specific baseline levels. Puerto Rico and two states experienced high ILI activity; New York City and 11 states experienced moderate ILI activity; 6 states experienced low ILI activity; 30 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia and one state had insufficient data. • Geographic Spread of Influenza: The geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 12 states was reported as widespread; 20 states reported regional activity; the District of Columbia, Guam, and 15 states reported local activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands and three states reported sporadic activity. External_F1606.pdf
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