H1N1 Virus, Symptoms, Treatment & Updates: H1N1 Is Now Epidemic, Flu Widespread In 40 States

Monday, January 20, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Bary Alyssa Johnson
Jan 20, 2014

The dreaded flu season is upon us and this year the H1N1 virus, which emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic, is the predominant strain. H1N1 has reached the epidemic threshold as of this past week and is now widespread in 40 states.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) monitors influenza activity in the United States and offers updates on a weekly basis. According to the most recent update H1N1 activity level remains high across the board as the number of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the virus continue to rise.

H1N1 is now widespread in 40 states, up from 35 the previous week. Widespread means that more than half of the geographic region of a state is reporting flu activity.

These states include: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Hospitals continue to see increasing numbers of patients infected by the virus this season. Since October 1, 2013 there have been approximately 433,320 hospitalizations due to the flu.

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