Since our post from January 19th, flu cases in NY have more than doubled!
- Influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread
- This is the ninth consecutive week that widespread activity has been reported.
- There were 15,753 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 35% increase over last week.
- Of the 4,015 specimens submitted to WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 1,044 (26%) were positive for influenza.
- Of the 290 specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, 195 were positive for influenza. 31 were Influenza A (H1),
142 were influenza A (H3), 21 were influenza B (Yamagata) and 1 was influenza B (Victoria)
- Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI3) from ILINet providers was 11.43%, which is above the
regional baseline of 3.10%
KEEP TRACK OF THE CURRENT CASES OF REPORTED FLU:
What can you do to help protect yourself from getting AND spreading the flu?
- Unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others.
- Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when soap and water are not available. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
- REMEMBER – the FLU virus thrives in COLD weather!
- If you have been diagnosed with the flu by your doctor… STAY HOME! People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin. We are aware that everyone has to work, and you can’t afford to miss a day, but this particular outbreak of the flu is horrible and can be deadly!
To Read More information about the prevention of the flu, and other valuable information please visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/