According to flu surveillance, there is an increase in Influenza Like Illness or ILI (formerly known as FLI) around the state. Most of it isn’t the flu. It’s a respiratory virus with flu-like symptoms. We treat the symptoms with rest and acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Anti viral medication like Tamiflu are ineffective against this virus. The following is the summary from the Center for Disease Control.
Texas Influenza Surveillance Report
2019-2020 Season/2019 MMWR Week 45
(November 3, 2019 – November 9, 2019)
Report produced on 11/15/2019
Influenza activity is increasing and has exceeded the Texas-specific ILI baseline for the first time this season. The percentage of patient visits due to influenza-like illness (ILI) has increased. One influenza-associated pediatric death was reported. One influenza-associated institutional outbreak was reported.
x Due to technical issues with the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) reporting platform, clinical laboratory data are not available for week 45. This affects data for Table 1, Table 2, Table 4, and Figure 1. An update to previous weeks is included in Table 2. Reporting of this data will resume once the technical issues have been resolved.