There Is Something Going Around

Monday, November 18, 2019 // Uncategorized

According to flu surveillance, there is an increase in Influenza Like Illness or ILI (formerly known as FLI) around the state.  Most of it isn’t the flu.  It’s a respiratory virus with flu-like symptoms.  We treat the symptoms with rest and acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Anti viral medication like Tamiflu are ineffective against this virus.  The following is the summary from  the Center for Disease Control.


Texas Influenza Surveillance Report

2019-2020 Season/2019 MMWR Week 45

(November 3, 2019 – November 9, 2019)

Report produced on 11/15/2019


Influenza activity is increasing and has exceeded the Texas-specific ILI baseline for the first time this season. The percentage of patient visits due to influenza-like illness (ILI) has increased. One influenza-associated pediatric death was reported. One influenza-associated institutional outbreak was reported.

x Due to technical issues with the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) reporting platform, clinical laboratory data are not available for week 45. This affects data for Table 1, Table 2, Table 4, and Figure 1. An update to previous weeks is included in Table 2. Reporting of this data will resume once the technical issues have been resolved.

Table 1: Summary of Texas Influenza (Flu) and Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Activity for the Current Week Texas Surveillance Component Change from Previous Week Current Week Previous Week Page of Report
Statewide influenza activity level reported to CDC (geographic spread of influenza) Increase Regional Local
Statewide ILINet Activity Indicator assigned by CDC (intensity of influenza-like illness) Increase Moderate Low
Percentage of specimens positive for influenza by hospital laboratories x 5.32% 1
Percentage of visits due to ILI (ILINet) ▲1.17% 4.91% 3.74% 4
Number of regions reporting increased flu/ILI activity ▲2 7 5 5
Number of regions reporting decreased flu/ILI activity No change 1 1 5
Number of variant/novel influenza infections No cases reported 0 0 5
Number of ILI/influenza outbreaks No change 1 1 5
Number of pediatric influenza deaths ▲1 1 0 6

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