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Influenza in Alabama
For the week ending November 30, 2013, the geographic spread of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Alabama was REGIONAL. This level indicates that the percentage of patients with ILI was significantly higher in at least two, but fewer than half, Public Health Areas (PHAs) and there were positive influenza specimens from the same PHAs within the past three weeks. Since the beginning of the 2013-2014 influenza season, 64 (42%) of the specimens submitted to the Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) for influenza testing, were positive for influenza. All positive specimens have been identified as Influenza A, 2009 H1N1.
Influenza surveillance is a year round activity. Exact case counts for influenza are unknown because individual cases are not reportable. Alabama influenza surveillance is dependent on sentinel providers who report the number of ILI visits that they see on a weekly basis and those who submit flu specimens for testing at the BCL.
For a view of the geographic spread of ILI in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Influenza Surveillance Map. New!
Graph displaying influenza-like illness and positive influenza specimens submitted to the BCL
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Influenza-Like Illness (ILI)
As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's U.S. Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), Alabama has recruited 84 healthcare providers to report the number of patients with ILI by age group and the total number of patients seen for the week. These providers are located in every public health area and almost every county. ILI is defined as fever that is greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) AND cough and/or sore throat. There is no requirement for a positive influenza test (in the absence of a known cause other than influenza) when determining the number of patients with ILI.
ADPH's Specimen Submitting Network (SpeciNet) is a network of physician practices, hospitals, and community health centers from all over the state volunteering to submit specimens from ILI patients to the Alabama Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) for influenza detection and subtype information. To date, 109 healthcare providers have enrolled in SpeciNet. ADPH requests that hospitals submit specimens for admitted patients with ILI and all physicians submit specimens for pregnant patients with ILI as well as recent international travelers with ILI.
If you are interested in becoming an ILINet or SpeciNet participant, please email the Division of Epidemiology, call 1-800-338-8374, or complete and fax the ADPH Influenza Surveillance Reporting Network (SRN) Application.
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