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Flu Still Widespread but Easing in Some States: CDC
Date:2/4/2013

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing a trend that emerged late last month, flu activity remains high across the United States but there are reports that the number of infections may be leveling off in some regions of the country, federal health officials reported Friday.

For the week ending Jan. 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that:

  • Twenty-four states and New York City were reporting high levels of flu activity (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming).
  • Thirteen states and the District of Columbia were reporting moderate flu activity (Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).
  • Four states were experiencing low activity (Kentucky, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin), and nine states were experiencing minimal activity (Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Tennessee).

The flu season, which got an early start in November in southeastern states, appeared to be easing somewhat in the South, Southeast, New England and the Midwest regions of the country. But infections were rising in the West.

Hospitalizations and deaths -- key indicators of a flu season's severity -- increased again during the week ending Jan. 26. People 65 and older and young children are being hit especially hard this flu season.

Forty-five children have died from the flu this season, with eight deaths reported last week, the CDC said.

There's no system to report adult deaths from flu, but the agency said the number of deaths remains higher than the threshold used to decla
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