This week has been an interesting one in viral medicine in the United States. In Dallas, the first case of Ebola has been identified and many wonder what will happen with the potential spread of the disease. We’ll leave that for a separate report. Flu, meanwhile, has been progressing much the same as last week.
The Centers for Disease Control this week noted a rise in reported flu cases, not a serious one but a rise nonetheless. As of now there have been 287 over the last three weeks cases throughout the country with the majority of cases coming from HHS Region 4 which includes all states south of Ohio and Virginia and west of Louisiana. The New England area has the fewest cases as of now.
By the Numbers:
In the United States, the CDC has reported:
- Flu Cases – 65 for this week
- Flu-related Hospitalizations – No current data
- Flu-related Deaths – No current data
NOTE: Flu cases, as referenced above, are confirmed cases in people who have gone to see medical professionals. Percentage estimates, referenced in the “Overview” section, include these documented cases from medical professionals but also a variety of other self-reported metrics.
As flu season progresses, more up to date information will become available.
Around the World:
For the third consecutive week Russia still tops the list of flu afflicted countries according to Google Flu Trends. Levels have dropped throughout the world over the last week with the exception of Europe where Austria and Ukraine are now listed at Moderate instead of Low.
Our tip for this week: Don’t Panic! Whether it is Ebola or influenza or something we haven’t even heard of yet one of the best things anyone can do is to simply stay calm and take standard preventative measures. Wash your hands, get vaccinated (if applicable) and overall be safe. If you are calm and collected you will be much more prepared to deal with any kind of health situation. For additional help contact a Passport Health flu professional at 1-888-499-PASS (7277) and we’ll help you schedule your flu vaccination today.