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Flu hospitalizations are also on the rise, with the highest levels in seniors, a pattern often seen in H3N2-dominant seasons.
Milder infections aren't as hard to treat as multi-drug resistant ones and might be easier targets for new therapies.
In response, the FDA said it has already made headway in fixing the problems and will take further steps in 2018.
The CDC said the H3N2-dominant trend will make neuraminidase inhibitor antivirals especially useful this flu season.
The outbreaks involved different strains, including H5N6, H5N1, and H5N8.
Clinic visits for flulike illness, geographic flu spread have accelerated.
Dutch officials report H5N6 outbreaks in wild birds, and Italy confirms an H5N8 poultry outbreak.
Four research teams from India receive awards for point-of-care diagnostic tests, 3 of them focused on sepsis.
Broad-spectrum antibiotics didn't produce better clinical or patient-centered results.
The USDA proposes moving away from a per-bird payment for outbreak response efforts.
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