GOOD NEWS: U.S. Deaths Due To Flu-Like Illnesses See Decline
U.S. deaths due to influenza-like illnesses are down .4 percent.
There’s some good news amidst the Nemo-snowstorm craziness happening in the northeast. U.S. deaths due to pneumonia or influenza-like illnesses are down to 9 percent, a .4 percent drop. This may not seem like a significant drop to the average percent but to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its great news.
“We’re not at the end but we’re nearing the en,” Michael Jhung, an epidemiologist at the CDC, told USA Today. The flu’s death rate still exceeds the government’s measurable threshold of 7.4 percent but officials in various states across the country are reporting declines. The CDC is still urging people 65 and older and other high-risk groups to seek antiviral flu treatment quickly if they develop flu symptoms. (KBZK)