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DHMH FluWatch

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Welcome to the influenza surveillance reporting website, brought to you by the Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance in the Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention, and Outbreak Response at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

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CURRENT WEEK INFLUENZA ACTIVITY SUMMARY

During the week ending November 26, 2016 (MMWR Week 47), influenza-like illness (ILI) intensity was MINIMAL and there was SPORADIC geographic spread of influenza.

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(Reports are updated by close-of-business on Fridays unless otherwise noted.)


​INFLUENZA SURVEILLANCE INDICATORS

ILI INTENSITY:
One indicator we look at is the proportion of visits to sentinel providers for ILI.  Intensity is measured against a baseline proportion of visits on a scale of minimal, low, moderate, and high. 

​Week Ending ​Intensity Level
​November 26, 2016 ​Minimal
​November 19, 2016 ​Minimal
​November 12, 2016 ​Minimal
​November 5, 2016 ​​Minimal
​October 29, 2016 ​Minimal
​October 22, 2016 ​Minimal
​October 15, 2016 ​Minimal
October 8, 2016​ ​Minimal
 

GEOGRAPHIC ACTIVITY:
A second indicator we look at is the geographic spread of influenza activity.  By looking at where sentinel providers are reporting ILI, where influenza and ILI outbreaks are occurring, and from where specimens are being submitted for testing, we can tell wheter influenza is not active, sporadic, local, regional, or widespread.  This is not an indicator of disease severity, only of where the disease is located in Maryland.

​Week Ending ​Activity Level
​November 26, 2016 ​Sporadic
​November 19, 2016 ​Sporadic
​November 12, 2016 ​Local
​November 5, 2016 Sporadic​
​October 29, 2016 ​Sporadic
​October 22, 2016 ​Sporadic
​October 15, 2016 ​Sporadic
​October 8, 2016​ ​Sporadic


PREDOMINANT INFLUENZA STRAIN:
A third indicator we look at is the predominant strain of influenza circulating in Maryland.  This is important because different strains have different implications for the community.  For example, a "novel" or "variant" strain will not have a vaccine available.  There are also some strains of influenza that have developoed resistance to antiviral medication.  And there are some strains that will not match the strains in the seasonal flu vaccine.  Knowing what is circultraing is important in planning and responding to influenza outbreaks.  Refer to the weekly report for a full breakdown of the PCR test results reported.

​Week Ending Predominant Strain
​November 26, 2016 Type A (H3)​
​November 19, 2016 Type A (H3)​
​November 12, 2016 ​Type A (H3)
​November 5, 2016 Type A (H3) / Type B​
​October 29, 2016 ​​Type A (H3)
​October 22, 2016 ​Type A (H3)
​October 15, 2016 ​N/A
​October 8, 2016​ ​Type A (H1)


PREVIOUS WEEKLY REPORTS

​Weekly Ending ​File
​November 19, 2016 ​No Report (Holiday)
November 12, 2016​ PDF
​November 5, 2016 PDF
​October 29, 2016 PDF
​October 22, 2016 PDF
​October 15, 2016 PDF
​October 8, 2016 PDF
 

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