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Cases declining, but flu still a threat

April 06, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Influenza activity in the U.S. showed signs of decline in data reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a press release.

Three states had high flu activity for the week ending March 24, the CDC said, down from four the week before, the release stated.

According to the release, the proportion of deaths attributable to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was also below the epidemic threshold, but the country saw four new pediatric flu deaths.

Of 4,624 respiratory specimens tested during the week, 908 (19.6 percent) were positive for influenza, but that percentage varied considerably by CDC region, with the region comprising Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin reporting the highest percentage, at 56.8 percent (but down from 60.7 percent the week before), the release noted.

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