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Pneumonia & Influenza Death Rate Dips To 9.4%
The above Pneumonia and
Influenza (P&I) Death Rate graph includes the week
4 drop to 9.4% from 9.8%
in week 3. The week 4 rate is a full 2% above the epidemic
threshold and is the second week in a row where the level was at least
2% above the threshold, and the third week in a row where the level was
at least 1% above the threshold. Moreover, the 9.4% keeps the
peak at the highest level since the 2003-04 season. The severity
of the 2003-04 season led to the regulations requiring reporting of lab
confirmed pediatric deaths.
As noted, the week 4 rate was linked to 33 cities with at least 10 P&I deaths and a rate of at least 10%, which was similar to the 36 cities meeting those parameters in week 3. Activity increased in the west, and the Pacific region had the highest P&I rate, in contrast to week 3, when the highest region was New England.
There were 8 more pediatric flu deaths reported in week 4 FluView, but at least 10 additional cases had been reported in state reports, and additional confirmed or probable raised the week 4 FluView total from 45 to 62.