CDC: Flu activity high across much of US

first_imgIn today’s FluView update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), officials said flu activity is high and on the rise across much of the United States.”CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu,” the CDC said. That’s almost 2 million more illnesses and 800 more deaths than reported in last week’s update.The CDC also said the rate of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses (ILI), now 6.9%, is at the same level as the peak weeks in previous seasons. Last week, the ILI rate was 5.1%. All regions in the United States were above ILI baselines. All but four states (Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, and Vermont) have widespread flu activity.This is the eighth week with elevated flu activity, and influenza B is still the dominant strain, which is not typical for the first half a flu season. Influenza B accounted for 67.9% of all positive flu specimens test last week, and almost all influenza B tested (99.6%) was Victoria lineage. Of influenza A detected, 2009 H1N1 represented 91.3% of subtyped specimens.The CDC said flu type varied by age group.”Nationally, influenza B/Victoria viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among children age 0-4 years (48% of reported viruses) and 5-24 years (59% of reported viruses), while A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among persons 25-64 years (42% of reported viruses) and 65 years of age and older (43% of reported viruses),” the CDC said.Five more pediatric deathsFive more children have died from flu this season, bringing the 2019-2020 total to 27. Three of the five fatalities were associated with influenza A, and two with influenza B. Out of the 27 deaths so far this season, 18 have been related to influenza B infections and 9 have been caused by influenza A.The CDC said hospitalization rates jumped from 6.6 per 100,000 population to 9.2 per 100,000 population. The highest rate of hospitalization was among adults aged older than 65 (19.9 per 100,000 population), followed by children ages 0 to 4 (17.8 per 100,000 population) and adults ages 50 to 64 (10.0 per 100,000 population).Hospitalization rates were split among influenza B (51.5%) and influenza A virus (47.8%) infections.See also:Jan 3 CDC FluViewlast_img read more

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Mas Domnik 2016 ‘a counterpunch’ against TS Erika

first_img Share Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Mas Domnik 2016 ‘a counterpunch’ against TS Erika by: Dominica Vibes News – December 4, 2015 1227 Views   3 comments Tweetcenter_img Share Share Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert TongeMinister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge has described this year’s carnival, Mas Domnik, as a counterpunch against Tropical Storm Erika.Senator Tonge made the comments at the official media launch of Mas Domnik 2016 on Thursday 3 December 2015 at the Windsor Park Stadium. This year’s theme is ‘The Spirit of the Real Mas’.He noted that Dominica has been rattled by Erika however, “we are now counterpunching as we all seek to bounce back in a vigorous fashion from the late set back”.Senator Tonge pointed out that increased tourism arrival, along with the various activities to be held across the country, will be beneficial to the various sectors. “The service and tourism industries, inclusive of custom builders, hoteliers, caterers, transportation agents, and venders, among others, will welcome the increased economic activity during the season considering that the World Creole Music Festival 2015 was not staged this year,” he said.Senator Tonge noted that the many artiste, musicians and song writers, who are not protected by the copyright legislation, are now expected to benefit from their hard work in a significant way during this season.He called on all Dominicans to rally together to ensure that Mas Domnik 2016 will be a memorable one.“The successful staging of Mas 2016 will necessitate all hands on deck. The Ministry can’t do it by themselves, the organizers can’t do it by themselves, everybody have to put their hands together because many hands make light work,” Tonge said.The government of Dominica, Tonge said, is “committed to continue supporting not only Carnival but our culture and will continue to do all in its power to take it to the best levels”.He called for a violence free carnival, noting that violence against any person will not be tolerated.“We will work closely with the police and other stakeholders to ensure this carnival is a safe one and free from violence,” Senator Tonge said.– / 18last_img read more

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