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2005-2006 Texas Influenza Surveillance Information

2005-2006 Season Summary

The flu activity level for the week ending January 14, 2006 is widespread. Flu activity has been reported in all regions of the state for the third consecutive week.

Reports were received for all 11 Health Service Regions (HSRs) for week 2. An increase in flu activity was reported in HSRs 1, 2, 3, 4/5N, and 7. Activity has remained about the same in HSRs 6/5S, 8, and 9/10. Only HSR 11 reported a decrease in activity. For a map of Health Service Regions, please visit the following website:

Texas Health Service Regions Map

During week 2, culture confirmed influenza A was identified in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Hemphill, Midland, Nueces, Potter, Smith, Tarrant, Travis, and Wichita Counties. Culture confirmed flu A has also been identified at both Lackland and Sheppard Air Force Base. At present, 100 influenza A isolates have been subtyped by the DSHS lab and identified as H3N2. An additional thirty-two isolates have been identified as influenza A but have not been subtyped. Three isolates have been identified as influenza B (all from Dallas County). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have further characterized the influenza A isolates submitted by DSHS as A/California/07/2004-like, which is one of the A components of the current vaccine. The DSHS lab has identified the influenza B isolates as B/Shanghai/361/2002-like. These isolates have been sent to CDC for further antigenic characterization.

In addition, influenza A has been isolated in two individuals who were reportedly vaccinated earlier in the season. DSHS has received other reports from across the state of confirmed flu A (by rapid test) in individuals of various ages who have been vaccinated this season. Providers who suspect influenza in vaccinated patients, especially in those under 65 years of age, are encouraged to submit specimens to the DSHS lab for further analysis. For additional information on specimen submission, please contact your Health Service Region or the Infectious Disease Control Unit in Austin at (512) 458-7676.

A possible influenza A outbreak has been reported at a long-term care facility in Austin (Travis County); however, additional information is not available at this time. No school closures were reported during week 2.

On January 14, 2006, the CDC released an interim recommendation against the use of amantadine and rimantadine for the treatment or prophylaxis of influenza A in the United States during the 2005-2006 season. A significant increase in drug resistance in the currently circulating strains of the virus has been observed over the past 3 years. Zanamivir or oseltamivir should be used if antiviral treatment or prophylaxis is warranted. You can view the entire article at the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/han011406.htm

For more information on flu surveillance activities in the State of Texas, please visit the following website:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/disease/influenza/surveillance/Surveillance.aspx

Data from the Sentinel Provider Surveillance Network (SPSN) indicates a slight decrease in influenza-like illness (ILI) from the previous week.

Week # Reporting Age 0-4 Age 5-24 Age 25-64 Age over 64 Total ILI Total Patients % ILI
2005-45 33 68 124 93 13 298 11436 2.60
2005-46 37 102 142 117 18 379 13824 2.74
2005-47 35 95 119 93 6 313 10897 2.87
2005-48 43 144 163 128 9 444 15657 2.83
2005-49 39 118 181 116 3 418 12894 3.24
2005-50 45 160 268 190 13 631 14410 4.37
2005-51 44 146 149 61 7 363 7797 4.65
2005-52 38 219 232 362 27 840 10110 8.30
2006-01 39 177 200 300 45 722 11218 6.43
2006-02 41 156 286 229 30 701 11919 5.88
PERCENTAGE OF VISITS FOR INFLUENZA-LIKE-ILLNESS REPORTED BY SENTINEL PROVIDERS IN TEXAS

 No school closures or institutional outbreaks have been reported.

For more information on flu surveillance activities in the State of Texas, please visit the following website:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/disease/influenza/surveillance/Surveillance.aspx
Percentage of Physician Visits Due to Influenza-Like Illness, Texas Sentinel Providers Surveillance Network 2005-2006 Season
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Statewide Influenza Activity For the Week Ending January 14, 2006 (MMWR Week 2)

Statewide Influenza Activity

*Influenza activity level corresponds to current MMWR week only and does not reflect previous weeks’ activity.

2005-2006 Texas Influenza Surveillance Information - Flu Reports

For the week ending:
10/15/05, 10/22/05, 10/29/05, 11/05/05, 11/12/05, 11/19/05, 11/26/05, 12/10/05, 12/17/05, 12/24/05, 01/07/06, 01/21/06, 01/28/06, 02/04/06, 02/11/06, 02/18/06, 02/25/06, 03/04/06, 03/11/06, 03/18/06, 03/26/06, 04/01/06, 04/08/06, 04/15/06, 04/22/06, 04/29/06, 05/12/06, 05/19/06, 05/20/06

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Last updated April 22, 2021