The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly flu report said Delaware, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin reported low influenza-like illness, while the remaining 42 states reported minimal influenza-like illness.
For the first week in March, the national proportion of people seeing their healthcare provider for influenza-like illness decreased for the ninth week, reaching the national baseline of 2 percent. Baseline influenza activity is the level that clinical influenza activity remains in throughout the summer and most of the winter.
Influenza-like illness is defined as fever -- temperature of 100 degrees F or greater -- and cough and/or sore throat above their region-specific baseline level.
Four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during the past week. One pediatric death occurred in the past week, the other deaths occurred in January and February. A total of 65 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported during the 2013-2014 flu season.
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