Overall activity of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States continued to fall, but New Jersey took a turn for the worse during the week ending April 9, 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Jersey’s ILI activity level went from 8 the previous week to 10 on the CDC’s 1-10 scale. For the week ending April 9, it was the only U.S. state in the “high” range, with Hawaii the next highest at level 6 – the only state in the “moderate” range, the CDC reported.

Nationwide, the proportion of outpatient visits for ILI was 2.1%, which is at the national baseline of 2.1% and down from 2.5% the week before. That number has now dropped for 4 consecutive weeks since hitting a season high of 3.7% for the week ending March 12. The CDC also reported a cumulative rate of 26.6 influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population.

Ten flu-related pediatric deaths were reported during the week, of which only one occurred during the week. A total of 50 flu-related pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2015-2016 season, the CDC said. The overall proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was below the system-specific threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System, but above the system-specific threshold in the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System.



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