Seems like it’s been a while since we last heard about the swine, aka H1N1, flu outbreak. It’s still out there though.
Now there are reports that an assistant principal of a New York middle school died Sunday from flu complications from the virus. The New York City Health Commissioner reports a rising tide of flu in the city.
It’s the sixth death in the United States that health authorities have linked to the virus.
Since the H1N1 outbreak surfaced last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked five deaths to swine flu. According to reports, all had pre-existing medical problems.
One thousand four hundred fifty-four (11.9%) specimens tested by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories and reported to CDC/Influenza Division were positive for influenza.
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the epidemic threshold.
Three influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was above the national baseline. Three of the ten surveillance regions reported ILI above their region-specific baselines.
Eight states reported geographically widespread influenza activity, 14 states reported regional activity, the District of Columbia and 15 states reported local influenza activity; and 13 states reported sporadic influenza activity.