Flu Report: Seasonal Infections April 14, 2016 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment This week saw a steep decline in flu cases. As flu season wraps up, we take a look at some of the other seasonal infections that could affect you. In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. Data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention shows a steep decrease in influenza cases from the previous week. Just over 3,000 confirmed cases were reported throughout the country, centered in the Southern United States. Despite this good news, two states (New Jersey and New Mexico) reported high influenza-like-illness activity, and seven others (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia) show moderate activity. ILI has generally decreased throughout the country as the overall rate nears the national baseline. This is the first time since late 2015 that the ILI levels have approached that baseline number. Live reporting from FluNearYou shows even greater decreases will likely come in the following weeks. Currently, fewer than three percent of users are reporting ‘flu-like symptoms,’ and 88 percent report no symptoms at all. With just two Flu Reports left, we hope to see the normal, season end drop off of flu activity very soon. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 3,383 (16.2% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 2,215 (65.5%) Influenza B – 1,168 (34.5%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 7.5% (0.1% 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 cases have greatly declined per World Health Organization data released this week. Some regions, such as Africa, saw as high as 50 percent drops in confirmed flu cases. However, the decline of flu corresponds with the start of rainy seasons in many regions, and this weather trend leads to other concerns. Zika continues to spread throughout the Americas, and yellow fever is slowly moving across Africa. If you are planning a trip, be sure to visit with a travel health specialist to learn what you can do to protect yourself from these and other diseases. Staying Healthy Flu isn’t the only disease that is seasonal. Some mosquito-borne diseases and other infections will rise and fall based on the season. One prime example is the meningitis belt in Africa. This region, comprising most of Central Africa, is known for having meningitis outbreaks in the summer months, leading to vaccination recommendations for travelers during this time period. If you are planning a trip this summer, be sure to take precautions to avoid these less common seasonal diseases. A Passport Health travel health specialist can help you prepare for these seasonal diseases and more, so schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now. 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.