The weekly flu report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said for the week ending March 2 of the 6,259 specimens tested and reported by laboratories, 17.2 percent were positive for influenza, down from the previous week.
Six influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported for the week -- for a total 87 pediatric deaths reported for this year's flu season. Thirty-four pediatric deaths were reported during the 2011-12 flu season, 122 in the 2010-11 flu season and 282 during the H1N1 2009-10 flu season.
Four states experienced moderate influenza-like illness activity: Illinois, Michigan, Vermont and Virginia.
Thirteen states and New York City experienced low influenza-like illness activity: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Utah.
The remaining 33 states experienced minimal influenza-like illness activity.
Widespread influenza activity -- more than 50 percent of the state reporting flu activity -- was reported by: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Puerto Rico and 24 states reported regional influenza activity: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The District of Columbia and thirteen states reported local influenza activity and Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana and Rhode Island reported sporadic influenza activity.