Thursday, December 23, 2010

RSV is here (and Influenza B!)

We have now reached endemic rates of circulating RSV in the Southern California area. Last week we hit a positive rate of 18% of specimens submitted. This was a quick jump from 8.7% the previous week. We are also seeing quite a bit of influenza, primarily influenza B. Per the CDC's website:

"Influenza viruses identified so far include 2009 H1N1 viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses and influenza B viruses. These viruses remain similar to the viruses chosen for the 2010-2011 flu vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir"

Stay tuned for more updates as the season continues. Happy Holidays from the LABUGS blog!


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