Flu Report: 2,600 Cases March 2, 2016 By Will Sowards 1 Comment Fourteen of 53 jurisdictions are reporting high or moderate influenza-like-illness activity across the United States. This is the highest level of activity of the 2015-2016 flu season, but it’s unlikely to be the end. In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. The Centers for Disease Control reported nearly 2,600 positive flu cases between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20. This is the highest amount of cases for a single week this year and another high percentage rise week-over-week. Once again, mortality is well below the epidemic threshold despite this high number of cases, signaling either a less virulent strain or a higher vaccination rate. Reports of influenza-like-illness remain high throughout the United States, mostly centralized to the Southwest. Arizona has the most activity with five other states (California, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah) showing high levels. Six states (Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and Oregon) are exhibiting moderate activity and 37 have low to minimal activity. FluNearYou’s most recent reporting shows a decrease in flu-like-symptoms among users, but there has been an increase in ‘any symptoms’ over the last two weeks. This could signal a continuation of the ongoing flu season, but only official CDC word will tell. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 2,599 (13.8% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 1,978 (76.1%) Influenza B – 621 (23.9%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 6.6% (1.1% below epidemic threshold) 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. Around the World Flu activity is down globally, according to World Health Organization reporting. The Mediterranean, Europe, and parts of the Americas are showing notably decreased activity over the last two weeks. South East Asia and Western Pacific nations show minor decreases that may rise again in the coming weeks. We may be seeing a similar trend to what was seen in the Southern Hemisphere earlier this year, where flu cases continued for longer than normal but were generally milder outbreaks. Staying Healthy As flu season continues, it’s key to remember the most simple thing. Never forget to wash your hands. Whether it is with soap and water or a hand sanitizer, it is important to make sure your hands remain clean and germ free. This will not only help your person health but that of those around you. Not everyone is able to receive the flu vaccine, after all, meaning some individuals are left vulnerable to the disease. Just simply washing your hands, along with flu vaccination, can protect your friends, family and coworkers during the flu season and beyond. For additional information on influenza and its prevention, visit FluFree.com which contains a variety of flu related resources. To schedule your flu shot, please contact a Passport Health flu professional at and make it through flu season worry-free. The Flu Report is a weekly blog post giving the latest updates on influenza spread during flu season. It is posted every Wednesday from September to April and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.