Flu Activity Currently Low in the US but Cases Likely to Rise, says GlobalData
Seasonal flu activity currently remains low in the US. However, leading data and analytics company GlobalData estimates that many more cases of influenza will occur this season, with more than 16.6 million diagnosed incident cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) and nearly 1.4 million laboratory-confirmed cases predicted.
Topias Lemetyinen, Managing Epidemiologist at GlobalData, comments: “Seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory viral illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches and pains. Despite being a mild disease in most instances, in certain risk groups, influenza can cause serious illness. GlobalData estimates that near 8% of diagnosed incident cases of ILI in the US will test positive and be confirmed as influenza in 2019.”
“The analysis by GlobalData captures the flu season spanning from fall 2019 to spring 2020 in its forecast for influenza cases in 2019. Despite the current lull in flu activity, it is likely that many more cases of the flu will begin to appear before the end of this year, and the number will continue to grow into next year.
“Even though flu activity has remained low, we should not be lulled into a false sense of security as cases may begin to emerge. In order to best protect the groups most at risk, all those able to receive a vaccine should.”