New Cases of Influenza Continue to Break Records

Nearly all states are experiencing a high burden from the flu, according to the CDC.

Influenza activity is breaking recent records this season, and is not yet slowing down, according to the CDC. An unusually high rate of hospitalizations of nonelderly adults is among the contributing factors.

During a press briefing today, CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, MD, RADM, USPHS, said 48 states are currently experiencing widespread influenza activity with Oregon and Hawaii indicating regional flu activity. Typically, widespread flu activity affects regions across the country at different times, she noted. At this point in the flu season, she said, the United States is at the level of the highest peak of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and is rapidly approaching the final rate of the highly-active 2014-2015 season.

“So many states have high activity at the same time,” Schuchat said, during the briefing. “We can’t predict how much longer the flu activity will persist. Influenza activity is still on the rise.”

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