CDC Says Flu Has Reached Epidemic Levels in U.S.
On Friday, CDC officials announced that influenza in the U.S. has reached "epidemic" levels, with 7.3% of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu. CDC data show that as of Friday, flu activity was widespread in 47 states, up from 41 states the previous week. However, officials said there are signs the flu season might have reached its peak.
- "Flu Reaches Epidemic Level in U.S., Says CDC" (Begley, Reuters, 1/11).
- "Flu Season Deaths Reach Epidemic Level but May Be at Peak, CDC Says" (McNeil, New York Times, 1/11).
- "More Flu but Less Intensity in Some Regions" (Sun, Washington Post, 1/11).