Number of Flu Deaths in US Remains High: CDC

by Kathy Jones on  March 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that while the level of flu activity in the United States is steadily declining, the number of deaths due to the illness remains on the higher side.
 Number of Flu Deaths in US Remains High: CDC
Number of Flu Deaths in US Remains High: CDC

According to the report only Hawaii had a high flu activity for the week ending March 1 and Texas reported moderate flu activity with the remaining 48 states reporting low or minimal influenza like illness.

The proportion of hospital visits due to flu-like illness has fallen back at the national baseline of 2 percent, though the proportion of deaths caused by pneumonia and flu rose to 7.9 percent, with a total of 65 people losing their lives due to flu.

The report added that number of flu cases that were caused by influenza B was 20 percent, up from 17 percent the week before, though the 2009 H1N1 virus continues to dominate, with the number of 2009 H1N1 isolates that showed resistance to Tamiflu rising to 34.

Source: Medindia

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