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Florida FLU REVIEW
Summer 2020 Weeks 37-38: 89/6/20 - 9/19/20
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ILI Activity Trend:
Weeks 37-38 influenza & influenza-like illness (ILI) activity summary:
In weeks 37-38, influenza and ILI activity remained low overall and was within expected levels for this time of year. This report marks the end of the production of the biweekly summer report. Beginning week 40, 2020 the full length report will be produced on a weekly basis.
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In weeks 37-38, one new influenza or ILI outbreak was reported. Five total influenza or ILI outbreaks have been reported since May 17, 2020 (when the traditional influenza season ended).
No new influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported in weeks 37-38. Fourteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported since the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
In weeks 37-38, no specimens tested positive for influenza at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (BPHL). Of note, the number of specimens tested at BPHL remained low overall. During the 2019-20 season, influenza A 2009 (H1N1) has been the predominant strain detected.
In week 37-38, the percent of specimens testing positive for rhinovirus increased and was higher than other respiratory viruses under surveillance.
In weeks 37-38, the percent of emergency department and urgent care center visits with a discharge diagnosis of influenza statewide stayed stable and was below the previous three-season average for this time.
The figure above shows the percent of visits with discharge diagnoses that include influenza (with certain exceptions) for facilities participating in ESSENCE-FL (n=385) statewide for the current year (week 40, 2019 to week 38, 2020) and the previous three season average (2018-19, 2017-18, and 2016-17). Of note, influenza may not be laboratory-confirmed for all the visits included in this query. For more information on the use of ESSENCE-FL for influenza and ILI surveillance.
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