Flu and Ebola Update 1/4/16

January 4th, 2016

Flu Update
According to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity increased slightly in the United States. While influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common since October 1, in the past two weeks, influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 viruses have predominated. The vast majority of circulating flu viruses analyzed this season remain similar to the vaccine virus components for this season’s flu vaccines.

Indiana is experiencing local activity.

Pediatric Deaths
One influenza-associated pediatric death occurred and was reported to CDC during the week ending December 19 (week 50). This death was associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed. A total of four influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to CDC during the 2015-2016 season to date.

 

Ebola
On December 29, 2015, the World Health Organization declared Guinea free of Ebola virus transmission. In response, the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) modified enhanced Ebola port-of-entry screening for travelers from Guinea.  Travelers entering the United States from Guinea will continue to enter through one of the designated U.S. airports (JFK, Dulles, or Atlanta) conducting enhanced entry screening. Travelers will continue to have their temperatures taken, answer questions about travel history and possible exposures to Ebola, and be advised to self-monitor for 21 days after leaving Guinea.

However, CDC no longer recommends active monitoring for travelers arriving in the United States from Guinea.

 

Questions call Deb McMahan, MD