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Flu pandemic fears continue as influenza activity remains high

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The CDC reported on Friday that overall flu activity continues to be high in the United States.

The data on the FluView website updates each Friday with the weekly influenza surveillance report Prepared by the Influenza Division of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The latest data illustrated by the map attached to this article shows influenza-like Illness (ILI) activity by state. Twenty states experienced high ILI (influenza-like Illness) activity, with most of the highest activity in the South Central United States. Twelve states experienced minimal ILI activity which includes the entire New England region.

Activity levels are based on the percent of outpatient visits in a state due to ILI and are compared to the average percent of ILI visits that occur during weeks with little or no influenza virus circulation.

The majority of the viruses currently being identified are influenza A (H1N1), the virus associated with the 2009 pandemic. Four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC for the week ending January 4. Three of the deaths were associated with a 2009 H1N1 virus.

Preparing for the pandemic

It's the time of year for seasonal flu to be very active. As more cases of H1N1 are reported, the comparisons to past pandemics are made.

When a new influenza virus emerges, the human population has little immunity against it. The virus spreads quickly from person-to-person creating a global disease outbreak known as a pandemic.

It is still too early to tell if this year's flu activity has peaked, or the worst is yet to come.

As flu season progresses we will watching and reporting on the trends from the prepper perspective..

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Want to learn more?

Check out the suggested by the author links below to previous articles on pandemic fears.

Do you have tips to share on how you prepare for flu season? Connect with Tom Peracchio on social media... @Gu42 on Twitter , Guru42 on Google+ or Guru42 on Facebook.

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