CDC: Flu Rates Remain 'Unusually Low'
The 2020-2021 flu season continues to be a non-issue in the United States as reports of outpatient medical visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) are less than half the norm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.
Nationally, just 1.1 percent of patient visits reported to the CDC's ILINet for the week of Jan. 30 were due to ILI, according to test results the CDC gets from public health laboratories across the United States, For context, the national baseline for reported patient visits for ILI is 2.6 percent.
The weekly report also features a map that demonstrates how active reports of flu-like illness are in each state and some U.S. territories based on the percent of outpatients visits made for flu-like illness compared to weeks where there is little to no presence of the flu. The map for the week of Jan. 30 shows that flu activity was minimal in all 54 of the 55 states and territories in the report. The only area to not be included in that list of 54, Washington, D.C., didn't provide enough data to make a determination regarding the ILI activity.
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