#2: Spring Surge in Flu Activity Hits New England
A move into Spring usually means the end of the flu season and the beginning of baseball, but this year the flu seems to be lingering, and baseball players are feeling the effects, particularly in New England.
As infections with this season’s dominant strain of influenza A (H3N2) have been winding down, the country has seen a surge in infections with influenza B. Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest FluView
report, “56% of the cases that public health laboratories reported in the thirteenth week of the year,” where influenza B cases.
Flu activity continues to decline across the United States; however, New England states have seen a new surge in cases of influenza B, particularly in the outer metropolitan Boston area. As a result, “several members of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the team’s play-by-play announcer, have also been affected by the uptick in flu activity, to the dismay of many baseball fans.”
In addition, residents of Maine have seen an uptick in the number of cases. For the week ending April 8, a total of 4693 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in the state so far for the season; this total is nearly double the number the state had during the 2015-2016 influenza season.
More about the recent surge in flu activity is here