December 28, 2009
CDC sees further drop in flu-related doctors' visits, deaths
Pandemic flu activity continued its decline the week of Dec 13 to 19, with only seven states reporting widespread cases, down from 11 the week before, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Dec 24. Flu and pneumonia mortality dipped below the epidemic threshold for the first time in several weeks, and outpatient visits for flulike illness dropped to the national baseline. Nine pediatric flu deaths were reported, the same as the previous week.
Latest CDC Flu View update
H1N1 declining in most of Europe, ECDC says
Flu H1N1 virus activity is still declining in Europe, except in the southeast, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported today. Deaths are increasing in Central and Eastern Europe. The report for the week ending Dec 20 also comments on the D222G/D222N virus mutations, which have been seen in some severe cases. The ECDC said the mutations also have been found in mild cases and that they represent a natural variation likely to have little impact on public health.
Dec 28 ECDC report