November 26, 2019

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, charted

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    Six states were experiencing widespread flu activity while 32 states are experiencing local or regional flu activity as of Nov. 16, according to the latest CDC data.

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    Flu activity so far

    According to Friday's Weekly Influenza Surveillance report from CDC, Alabama, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and South Carolina were all experiencing widespread flu activity in the week ending in Nov. 16 while Rhode Island is the only state reporting no flu activity at all.

    Meanwhile, 32 states were experiencing local or regional flu activity and the remaining states are experiencing sporadic activity.

    CDC has not yet released estimates of how many people have contracted the flu, nor has it released data on how many medical visits or hospitalizations the flu has led to so far this season. CDC said it will release that data "when activity has been sufficient to generate a stable estimate."

    However, CDC said it confirmed 87 positive respiratory specimens for influenza A and 154 positive specimens for influenza B in the week ending in Nov. 16. CDC said it has confirmed a total of 1,676 positive influenza specimens since Sept. 29. CDC also said the percentage of outpatient visits for flu-like illness rose 0.2 percentage points, reaching 2.5% for the week ending in Nov. 16. That figure is above the national baseline of 2.4%.

    CDC also reported that one influenza-associated pediatric death was reported during the week ending in Nov. 16. So far, the 2019-2020 flu season has seen a total of four influenza-associated pediatric deaths (CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, 11/11; CDC Flu Season FAQ).

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