PEI Weekly Influenza Summary 2019-2020 Season
- There was sporadic flu activity in PEI during Week 13.
- Our seasonal total is 220 lab-confirmed cases (142 A and 78 B).
- The median age of cases to date is 30 years.
- Nationally, in Week 12 influenza activity continued to be reported in all regions, but all indicators of flu activity continued to decrease compared to the previous week. The COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting laboratory detections of influenza.
Epidemiological curve of laboratory data
There was sporadic flu activity in PEI during Week 13. Lab-confirmed influenza tests are just an indication of greater influenza activity, as many individuals with influenza do not seek medical attention.
Positive influenza test results, current week, and cumulative 2019-20 season
|Lab-confirmed cases||Current Week (13)||Cumulative 2019-2020|
Respiratory outbreaks, current week, and cumulative 2019-20 season
|Respiratory Outbreaks||Current Week (13)||Cumulative 2019-2020|
|Influenza, Unknown Type||0||1|
1 ILI: Influenza like illness
Severe outcome surveillance, current week, and cumulative 2019-20 season
|Severe Outcome||Current Week (13)||Cumulative 2019-2020|
1Hospitalization data is gathered through infection prevention and control practitioners at each Island hospital. Data includes ICU cases.
2 Deaths include individuals with a positive influenza test result. Influenza may not have been the major contributing cause of death.
Definitions (based on national Fluwatch definitions)Activity levels:
- No activity: no lab-confirmed influenza detections in the reporting week, however, sporadically occurring ILI may be reported
- Sporadic: sporadically occurring ILI and lab-confirmed influenza detection(s) with no outbreaks detected within the influenza surveillance region
- Localized: evidence of increased ILI; lab-confirmed influenza detection(s); outbreaks in 1 county only
- Widespread: evidence of increased ILI; lab-confirmed influenza detection(s); outbreaks in more than 1 county
- Hospitals and Residential institutions: 2 or more cases of ILI occurring within a 7 day period, with at least 1 lab- confirmed case
- Schools, Workplaces and other: absenteeism greater than 10% higher than expected which is most likely due to ILI