Two more people died in the past week from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the total death toll from the virus to 22 for the flu season that started in October and is now entering its most active period. Moreover, the DG health has also announced to run a separate OPD for influenza cases at Doon hospital so that the patients can be treated on priority basis.
The influenza season began late this year.
The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza viruses in clinical laboratories decreased slightly.
The majority of influenza viruses characterized antigenically and genetically are similar to the cell-grown reference viruses representing the 2018-2019 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine viruses.
There is widespread flu activity in 30 states, the same as last week, MI is experiencing regional activity.
Of all flu specimens tested worldwide, 93.8 percent were influenza A. Of subtyped influenza A viruses, 77 percent were 2009 H1N1 and 23 percent were H3N2.
WakeMed Health & Hospitals has reported 53 positive tests for influenza in the week ending January 12, the highest weekly so far, in the Raleigh organization's seven emergency departments in Wake County, according to a spokeswoman.