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CDC: Influenza rates continue to drop nationwide, though flu incidence is picking up in the West

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported a slight drop in influenza-like illnesses across the country, but even so the season is still going strong. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness for the week ended Jan. 12 was 4.6%, above the national baseline of 2.2%

Thirty states and New York City reported high ILI activity; 10 states experienced moderate activity; 7 states experienced low activity; and 3 states experienced minimal activity. That gives an indication as to the severity of the flu. Geographically, 48 states reported widespread influenza activity. 

A look at CDC's interactive map shows ILI severity picking up slightly in the West. Below, CDC's ILI indicator map for the week ended Jan. 5 is followed by CDC's map for the week ended Jan. 12. 

CDC also depicted the progress of this year's flu season as compared to years past. 

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