DHSS

New Jersey's Active Influenza-like Illness (ILI)
Surveillance Statistics
Surveillance Date - February 19, 2002

Reports were received from 125 schools from the following counties: Atlantic (4), Burlington (4), Camden (4), Cape May (8), Cumberland (6), Essex (1), Gloucester (4), Hudson (42), Hunterdon (4), Middlesex (9), Monmouth (19), Ocean (3), Passaic (2), Salem (4), Somerset (1), Union (4), and Warren (6).

The reported absenteeism rate among school students was 7.42%, which was up from 6.73% last week. Last week's number is different from what was reported last week due to additional reports received for last week.

Reports were received from 54 nursing homes from the following counties: Atlantic (3), Burlington (3), Camden (3), Cape May (4), Cumberland (2), Essex (2), Gloucester (1), Hudson (1), Hunterdon (4), Middlesex (5), Monmouth (4), Morris (2), Ocean (1), Passaic (5), Salem (4), Somerset (1), Sussex (4), and Union (5).

The reported influenza-like illness rate among nursing home residents was 1.86%, which was down from 2.68% last week. Last week's number is different from what was reported last week due to additional reports received for last week.

Reports were received from 56 hospital emergency departments from the following counties: Atlantic (4), Burlington (2), Camden (3), Cape May (1), Cumberland (2), Essex (2), Gloucester (2), Hudson (8), Hunterdon (1), Mercer (3), Middlesex (4), Monmouth (4), Morris (3), Ocean (3), Passaic (3), Salem (2), Somerset (1), Sussex (2), Union (5) and
Warren (1).

The reported influenza-like illness rate among Emergency Department patients was 8.29%, which was down from 8.63% last week. Last week's number is different from what was reported last week due to additional reports received for last week.
There have been eight isolates of influenza A virus reported in New Jersey so far this season, two from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital from residents of Middlesex County, three from McGuire Air Force Base from residents of Mercer County, and the remainder from Hackensack University Medical Center from residents of Bergen County (New Milford, Hackensack and Elmwood Park). In addition to these culture results, there have been numerous reports of influenza antigen tests that have been positive in the past week.

An update on influenza activity in the United States and worldwide can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5048a4.htm


Absenteeism / Illness Rates by County

County Schools Nursing Homes Emergency Departments
Atlantic 7.14% 2.06% 16.03%
Bergen NR NR NR
Burlington 7.53% 1.49% 6.25%
Camden 6.67% 1.08% 9.66%
Cape May 6.80% 2.06% 19.64%
Cumberland 7.06% 1.36% 10.88%
Essex 5.39% 2.50% 6.43%
Gloucester 5.25% 0.00% 4.12%
Hudson 7.23% 1.23% 10.84%
Hunterdon 5.31% 0.97% 6.15%
Mercer NR NR 5.68%
Middlesex 8.07% 1.00% 11.06%
Monmouth 7.43% 5.53% 6.00%
Morris NR 1.98% 3.87%
Ocean 9.37% 3.07% 5.81%
Passaic 13.41% 2.58% 3.71%
Salem 7.27% 0.26% 5.68%
Somerset 5.98% 0.00% 6.72%
Sussex NR 0.49% 4.40%
Union 9.65% 2.79% 10.79%
Warren 5.65% NR 7.14%
NR = No Report


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