New York Struggles with Severe Flu Outbr

January 21 [Mon], 2013, 18:53
Hospital emergency departments all over New York City are swamped with patients complaining of influenza-like illnesses and flu symptoms, according to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. Farley told a press conference Thursday that influenza was atof the city, CBS 2 reports. "It's a bad year," said the commissioner. The flu season began Oct. 1 and runs until May. New York state and City report health data separately. The current influenza reports for both are for Week 1 of 2013, ending Jan. 5.

New York City

New York City and the state are seeing large numbers of hospitalizations for the flu and flu complications much earlier than normal. The flu strain responsible is AH3N2, which Farley told reporters tends to be a little more severe. The match between the flu strains circulating and those covered by the 2012-13 influenza vaccine is good, however, and Farley is urging everyone who has not yet been immunized to do so. New York City characterizes. Some 5 percent of all outpatient visits for medical care were due to an influenza-like illness (ILI). ILI rates are the public health measurement of flu activity. There have been nearly 40 influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the city and at least 10 deaths since Oct. 1. No children have died from influenza in the city yet this season.

New York State

Excluding New York City, the. Since Oct. 1, 2,884 patients have been hospitalized in the state with laboratory-confirmed influenza. About half of those patients were elderly, age 65 and older. The state has seen 210 confirmed influenza outbreaks in acute care and long-term care facilities. There was one influenza-associated pediatric death reported for the week, with the total for the season being two. Long Island and the Hudson Valley had the highest ILI rates for the state.

Rochester and Monroe County

The upstate city of Rochester and Monroe County are also suffering from the influenza outbreak. The Democrat & Chronicle reports that the county has hadso far in the 2012-13 season. There have been 225 flu-related hospitalizations. Dr. Nayef El-Daher, of Unity Health Systems, in an interview, stated thatfor Jan. 5 was 8 percent.
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