​​MDH FluWatch​
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Welcome to the influenza surveillance reporting website, brought to you by the Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance in the Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention, and Outbreak Response at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
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CURRENT WEEK INFLUENZA ACTIVITY SUMMARY
During the week ending December 1, 2018 (MMWR Week 48), influenza-like illness (ILI) intensity was MINIMAL and there was SPORADIC geographic activity of influenza.
(Reports are updated by close-of-business on Fridays unless otherwise noted.)
 
​INFLUENZA SURVEILLANCE INDICATORS
ILI INTENSITY:

One indicator we look at is the proportion of visits to sentinel providers for ILI.  Intensity is measured against a baseline proportion of visits on a scale of minimal, low, moderate, and high. 

GEOGRAPHIC ACTIVITY:
A second indicator we look at is the geographic spread of influenza activity.  By looking at where sentinel providers are reporting ILI, where influenza and ILI outbreaks are occurring, and from where specimens are being submitted for testing, we can tell whether influenza is not active, sporadic, local, regional, or widespread.  This is not an indicator of disease severity, only of where the disease is located in Maryland.

PREDOMINANT INFLUENZA STRAIN:
A third indicator we look at is the predominant strain of influenza circulating in Maryland.  This is important because different strains have different implications for the community.  For example, a "novel" or "variant" strain will not have a vaccine available.  There are also some strains of influenza that have developed resistance to antiviral medication.  And there are some strains that will not match the strains in the seasonal flu vaccine.  Knowing what is circulating​ is important in planning and responding to influenza outbreaks.  Refer to the weekly report for a full breakdown of the PCR test results reported.​


 
​Week Ending
​Intensity Level
​Activity Level Predominant Strain
​December 1, 2018 ​Minimal​ ​​Sporadic​ Type A (H1)​​​
​November 24, 2018 Minimal​ ​​Sporadic Type A (H1)​​
​November 17, 2018 ​Minimal ​Sporadic Type A (H1)​
​November 10, 2018 Minimal​ Regional​ ​​Type A (H1)
​November 3, 2018 ​Minimal​ Regional​ Type A (H3)​​​
​October 27, 2018 ​Minimal Sporadic​ ​Type A (H1)​
​October 20, 2018 ​Minimal Sporadic​ ​​Type B (Victoria)
​October 13, 2018 Minimal​​​ ​Sporadic ​Type B (Victoria)​​​
​October 6, 2018 Minimal​​ Sporadic​​ ​Type A (H1)​​​​​​​​ / Type B (Victoria)​​​
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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