Total numbers of flu cases in Maine are down from last year: CDC

Total numbers of flu cases in Maine are down from last year: CDC

The total number flu cases recorded in Maine between March 6 and April 2 this year are significantly down from the corresponding period of last year, according to the latest weekly stats reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

The official website of Maine CDC states that around 60 per cent of the 1,398 positive flu tests were reported to the agency in 2015-16 occurred between March 6 and April 2. The figure is significantly down from the 4,233 flu cases that were reported in the 2014-15 flu season.

However, the state saw a notable spike in the number of influenza cases in the recent past, and the cause of the surge is still unclear. Dr. Siiri Bennett, the state epidemiologist with the Maine CDC, said, “We don’t know why there has been a spike in the number of influenza cases in the past few weeks.

It is worth mentioning here that the 2014-15 flu season peaked two months earlier that this year’s peak. In 2013-14 and 2012-13 seasons, there were 2,029 and 167 flu cases, respectively. Usually, the flu season starts in October and runs through May.

Nationwide, nearly 45,000 positive tests for flu have been reported thus far this season, and the CDC has said that the season has already peaked and is now on the decline in most places. The federal agency also noted that that flu vaccine was only 20 per cent effective last year, but this year it is 59 per cent effective in preventing the infection.


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