A recent report for ILI (influenza like illness) from the CDC notes that Colorado is one of two states with moderate activity for the 2018-2019 flu season. Georgia and Louisiana were the only two states experiencing high ILI activity. Colorado and South Carolina were the two states experiencing moderate ILI activity. All other states reported low and minimal ILI activity. The report covers flu activity for the week of December 8, 2018. See the image below for reference.
A Look At National Flu-Related Activity Through December 1, 2018
What Does That Mean For Current Flu Activity In Colorado?
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the geographic spread of influenza activity in the state of Colorado is at the local level. As of the time of the most recent report, approximately 121 people have been hospitalized in Colorado during the 2018-2019 flu season. To date, the following activity and statistics have been reported (this information is from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website).
Additional Information About Colorado Influenza Activity To Date:
- 49 additional influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported during the week ending December 8, 2018, bringing the total number of hospitalizations since the beginning of the 2018-19 season to 121.
- ILI (Influenza-like illness) patient visits reported by outpatient clinics has increased from 4.5% to 4.9%. This includes data from Kaiser Permanente and Primary Care Partners clinics located in the North Central, Northeast, Northwest, South and South Central regions of Colorado.
- Syndromic surveillance of influenza-like illness patient visits in emergency departments in the Denver-metro area increased from 2.06% to 2.37%. This is above the seasonal baseline level of 2.37%.
- Sentinel hospital labs (21 of 23 reporting) tested 1,091 specimens and 58 (5.3%) were positive for influenza.
- There has been 1 outbreak associated with influenza reported for the 2018-19 influenza season.
- Mortality due to pneumonia and influenza in Colorado is below the U.S epidemic threshold and decreased from 4.7% to 4.4%. This is below the national level of 5.7%.
- No influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported thus far.
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