Influenza-like illness activity has increased in Marin. Positive tests have remained elevated throughout 2019.
Influenza-like illness activity
Flu activity remains above expected levels for this time of year. Discharge data from Kaiser San Rafael, Marin General Hospital, and Novato Community Hospital emergency departments showed the percentage of visits associated with influenza-like illness (ILI) was 7.49% during week 14 (March 31 - April 6). See Figure 1 below.
Figure 1. Proportion of Visits due to Influenza-Like Illness (ILI): Kaiser San Rafael, MGH, and NCH Emergency Departments, 2016-17, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 Influenza Seasons
During week 14 (March 31 - April 6), 41 (28.7%) of the 143 specimens tested for influenza were positive. Of the positive specimens from week 14, 40 (97.6%) were influenza A and 1 (2.4%) were influenza B. During this influenza season through April 6, 467 specimens have tested positive for influenza. See Figure 2 below.
Figure 2. Influenza Tests in Marin County, 2018-2019 Influenza Season
Visit MarinFlu.org for influenza vaccination, testing, and treatment recommendations.
The geographic spread of influenza activity in California is widespread during the week 14 (March 31 - April 6).
Outpatient influenza-like illness and hospitalizations were above expected levels.
Visit the California Department of Public Health’s influenza website for more information.
Influenza activity remained elevated nationally during week 14 (March 31 - April 6).
For additional national influenza data, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza surveillance website.
If you have any questions or comments please contact:
Lisa Santora, MD
Deputy Public Health Officer
This publication is provided to you by the Office of the Public Health Officer, County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services.
California Department of Public Health. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Influenza.aspx. Accessed 4/11/19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm. Accessed 4/11/19.