Finally, influenza is slowing down in Arizona. There were only 649 flu cases that have been validated in the week of February 18th – February 24th, according to the latest Arizona Department of Health Services office data.
This year’s flu cases toll is 6 times higher than that of 2017 in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Health Services declared that the new confirmed cases of influenza are by 34%, lowering from 983 flu-related cases recorded during the week of February 12th – February 18th.
During this year’s influenza season in Arizona, which started on October 1st, there were, at the moment, more than 26,000 flu-confirmed cases.
This number is, however, around 6 times higher than the flu cases registered exactly one year ago by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 83% of this year’s flu cases were caused by the flu type A virus strain.
Right now, within the US, the CDC announced that flu type A virus strain is slowing down. However, the flu type B virus strain is expanding, according to the health officials.
This year’s flu season hasn’t been a typical one
Usually, flu seasons peak during February and health experts were expecting this year’s influenza season to obey the tradition. However, the influenza pandemic of this year touched its apogee during January.
Besides, the flu type A virus which hit the US this flu season seemed very resistant in comparison to what the scientists have expected. Thus, many vaccines haven’t worked as expected.
This season, the flu virus has widespread over 45 states plus Puerto Rico and caused above 60 pediatric deaths and thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in the adult population.
“That’s a very good sign that activity is decreasing. There still is a lot of flu out there,” stated Dr. Alicia Fry from the CDC influenza division.
Fortunately, the influenza is slowing down in Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Hawaii, DC, Oregon, and Minnesota, but the flu virus is still active and may cause problems.