Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Flu Activity Level Returns to Regional

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting regional flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week.

Regional activity is the second highest level of flu activity, and is defined by the CDC as: "Outbreaks of influenza or increases in ILI and recent laboratory confirmed influenza in at least two but less than half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in those regions." Previously, the state had returned to the widespread designation for two weeks.

Surveillance reports submitted to health officials indicate that overall reports of influenza-like illness have decreased, although clusters of flu activity continue in some areas. Flu vaccine is still readily available for those who have not yet been vaccinated.

For more information on influenza surveillance, visit the flu activity area of this site.


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