CDC reports influenza continuing to slow

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that the flu activity spanning the United States has continued to show signs of slowing.

Of the 4,234 specimens tested by the U.S. World Health Organization and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System collaborated laboratories and reported to the CDC/Influenza Division, 387, or 9.1 percent, tested positive for influenza, a decline from about 11 percent the week prior, CIDRAP News reports.

The CDC's report, which analyzed the influenza-associated statistics recorded from April 3 through April 9, stated that the percentage of doctor’s visits for flu-like illness dropped for the eighth week in a row, decreasing from 1.6 percent to 1.4 percent. Additionally, all 10 of the CDC’s regions stayed below their baseline flu-visit levels.   

Maine and New York were the only states that still reported widespread activity, which is one less reported state than the previous week, according to CIDRAP News.

One influenza-associated pediatric death was reported, bringing the season total to 91. The death was associated with the influenza B virus, a flu strain that rose from 31.8 percent to 37.5 percent by end of the week.  

The overall percentage of deaths from pneumonia and influenza stayed at 8 percent, however, keeping it above the epidemic threshold for the 11th week in a row.