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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.