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Feb 10, 2012

Feb 10, 2012

Flu activity gaining steadily in US, Europe

(CIDRAP News) – Seasonal flu activity in the United States last week passed a key threshold, while many European countries reported similar rises in the spread of the disease, according to flu surveillance reports released today.

Jan 18, 2013

Jan 18, 2013

Flu sending many elderly to hospitals, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – This year's edition of influenza is hitting the elderly hard, putting many in hospitals, even as overall flu activity is showing signs of slowing down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jan 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

CDC sees mixed flu picture, remaining threat for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – Deaths from pneumonia and flu in the United States rose sharply last week, with a rise in hospitalizations that continues to hit older people the hardest, though other disease indicators showed declines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Feb 01, 2013

Feb 01, 2013

US flu tide sinks in East, rises in West

(CIDRAP News) – Several national barometers of influenza-like illness (ILI) activity fell slightly last week as the flu weakened in the East while rising in the West, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in its weekly update today.

Feb 08, 2013

Feb 08, 2013

US flu ebbs but still causes considerable illness

(CIDRAP News) – US flu indicators continued their decline last week, though many states are still reporting brisk levels of flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Feb 15, 2013

Feb 15, 2013

CDC: Flu activity continues to slow

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's flu markers show that the flu has probably peaked, though many states are still reporting plenty of infections and hospitalizations, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Though the percentage of doctors' visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) is still above baselines in all regions of the country, the overall national level fell from 3.6% to 3.2% last week, according to the CDC.

Feb 22, 2013

Feb 22, 2013

Flu activity continues its slow retreat

(CIDRAP News) – Some of the key markers that US officials use to track flu continued to tumble last week, though activity was still elevated in most parts of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.

Nationally, the percentage of doctors visits for flulike illness fell from 3.2% to 2.8% last week, with all parts of the country still above regional baselines.

Mar 01, 2013

Mar 01, 2013

US flu activity ebbs further as influenza B surges

(CIDRAP News) – Most US influenza activity indicators showed a continued decrease last week as influenza B for the first time this season became the predominant strain, according to new data presented today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Of 7,609 respiratory specimens tested by reporting labs, 16.9% were positive for flu, about the same as the previous week, when 16.8% tested positive.

Mar 08, 2013

Mar 08, 2013

US flu activity almost back to baseline

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States continued to tumble last week, with one key marker—clinic visits for flulike illness—nearly approaching the national baseline, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

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