Week 38 sees an uptick in the number of flu cases reported!


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In what may be a year where flu researchers are on a higher than normal alert status, the number of flu related deaths has begun to just register on the CDC’s radar. During week 38, 6.4% of all deaths reported through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I (pneumonia and Influenza). This percentage was above the epidemic threshold of 6.5% for week 38 (see graph).
While this is by no means alarming, it is noteworthy that there are currently some fairly potent strains circulating in birds, men and pig. Whether or not there will be a novel form that breaks out this season is still open to question.
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I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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