CDC reports regional flu activity in 11 states including those in Mid

Leslie Hanson
February 1, 2019

Widespread flu activity has been reported in 36 states and regional flu activity in 11 states including Tennessee, Arkansas and MS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the Walgreens Flu Index, Nebraska as a whole ranked number one for flu activity in the nation for the week ending January 19th.

So far this year, there have been 31 flu-related deaths.

The index shows areas with the highest incidence of the flu by using prescription data for antiviral medication to treat the virus. In mid-January, cases were on the rise in Kentucky, Nebraska, Mississippi, Montana, and Idaho. The hospitalization rate is not particularly high, at 14.8 per 100,000 people.

Officials from the Lancaster County Health Department say Lincoln saw a spike in December and early January, and after a brief dip, it appears flu cases are rising again.

The CDC added that the total number of deaths during this flu season so far can not be calculated: "Estimates of flu-related deaths will be provided at a later time, when there is sufficient data to support a more precise estimate for that outcome".

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