Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Influenza remains active in the US, declining in some areas and worsening in others

The flu virus remains active in the United States, intensifying in some areas of the country after weeks of apparent declines on a national scale.

Data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a continued decline in the number of flu hospitalizations, but other indicators are increasing, including the number of states with high or high rates. of respiratory diseases.

“We can say that on a national scale we have reached the peak, but on a regional level it varies,” said Alicia Budd of the CDC. “Certain regions have not yet taken the lead.”

New patient arrivals have slowed slightly in the Southeast and parts of the West Coast, but flu-like respiratory illnesses appear to be increasing in the North-Central region and even slightly in some places. Last week, case reports were at high levels in 23 states, up from 18 the previous week, CDC officials said.

The flu usually peaks in the United States between December and February. National data suggest that the peak of this season occurred near the end of December, but a second wave is always possible. That has happened in other seasons, where the second peak is usually less severe than the first, though that’s not always the case, Budd said.

Right now, the weather is pretty average, Budd said. According to CDC estimates, since October, there have been at least 22 million cases, 250,000 hospitalizations, and 15,000 deaths from the flu. The agency said 74 children died from the disease.

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