Seasonal Flu Ramps Up Across U.S.

More than 10% of respiratory specimens collected tested positive for the flu


 
 

Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times | | Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Flu was in the news Tuesday, with updates on seasonal influenza in the U.S. and on the debate over bird flu research that is raging around the world.

In general, Americans have had a mild flu season this year.  But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in its weekly FluView Surveillance Report that, for the first time this season, more than 10% of respiratory specimens collected in the U.S. tested positive for the flu -- 10.5%, versus 7.6% the prior week.  According to the CDC, surpassing 10% is considered an indication that "flu season is beginning."

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