Flu Watch 2013-14: Colorado-Hospitalized Triple in 2 Weeks

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    Looks like the H1N1 Flu strain from 2009 is returning with an impact, this year. NOW would be the time to review your flu prep supplies (including cough/cold/flu meds and sick room supplies, arranging alternate child care, in case YOU get sick or consider having a flu buddy that can step in and help with keeping the family routine going.)

    hat Tip to “mixin” over at FluTrackers:

    Week 49 ending Dec 7

    Synopsis: For the week ending December 7, influenza activity continued to increase with most of the activity along the Front Range. Influenza A (2009 H1N1) continued to be the predominant
    circulating subtype.

    • There were 46 additional hospitalizations reported; 23 with a collection date during the
    previous week (week ending 11/30) and 23 with a collection date during the most recent week.
    The cumulative total of hospitalizations is 99 from 16 counties.

    • Influenza-like illness reported by Kaiser Permanente for the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area
    increased to 1.5%. Influenza-like illness reported by Mesa County remained near zero.

    • There were 81 additional specimens (out of 93 submitted) that tested positive for influenza by PCR at the state laboratory. Cumulatively, 206 (93%) of 222 PCR positive specimens have
    subtyped as 2009 H1N1 and 16 (7%) as H3. No specimens have confirmed as type B.

    • No influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported thus far.
    • No influenza-associated outbreaks have been confirmed thus far.

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