H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Global, US activity levels

Mar 5, 2010

WHO says H1N1 continues decline in most areas
The pandemic H1N1 virus continues to circulate in temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere but is at low levels and continuing to decline in most areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its weekly update today. The most active areas include Thailand, Myanmar, Russia, Bulgaria, Armenia, and Moldova. Activity is very low in North America, but Mexico and Peru have seen a slight increase in respiratory disease. Several countries in western Sub-Saharan Africa are reporting H1N1 cases.
Mar 5 WHO weekly update

US flu indicators still below baseline
For the sixth week in a row the nation's pandemic flu activity was steady last week, with doctor's visits for flu-like illnesses below baseline and pneumonia and flu deaths up a bit but below the epidemic threshold, the US CDC reported today. One pediatric flu death was reported, in an influenza B case from last season. No states reported widespread activity, but Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina had regional activity. Testing found only two seasonal flu viruses.
Mar 5 CDC weekly flu update

Penn State flu cases renew vaccine push
The health service at Penn State University has seen several confirmed H1N1 cases over the past few weeks, offering a reminder that the virus is still circulating and that people still need to be vaccinated, the university announced yesterday. The cases were detected at the school's University Park campus. A school newspaper, the Daily Collegian, reported today that pandemic flu was recently confirmed in seven students, the first ones since the new semester began in January.
Mar 4 Penn State press release

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