Influenza Surveillance Report for Louisiana (Week 52: December 22-29, 2018)

Influenza Surveillance Report for Louisiana

Attached is the Influenza Surveillance Report for Louisiana for Week 52, December 22nd – December 29th.  See below for a summary of activity: 

Influenza activity increased this week in Louisiana. Rhino/Enteroviruses, RSV, and Coronaviruses represent the majority of non-influenza viruses reported.

  • ILI activity in the state is 5.9%, which is above the regional baseline of 4.0%.
  • CSTE flue code for Louisiana is Widespread.
  • ILI indicator code for Louisiana is High. 
  • Percent positivity of tests in Louisiana is 8.6%. 

Influenza like illness (ILI) activity in the state is above the regional baseline of 4.0%. Last year’s flu activity was at 10.2% and caused quite a bit of “energy” with hospital bed reporting to monitor surge. While there are no requests of ESF8 network at this time, preventative actions such as hand-washing and encouraging flu-shots are being promoted by media outlets. 

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