Data and Surveillance

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) monitors the strains circulating and where disease activity is reported, and updates this page during influenza season which runs from October to May.

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Influenza in Alabama

 

Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Data Reported to Alabama Department of Public Health (as of 10/28/2020)

Districts

Week Ending October 24

Week Ending October 17

Week Ending October 10

Northern

1.39%

1.18%

1.57%

Northeastern

1.30%

1.54%

1.58%

Jefferson

1.21%

1.09%

0.93%

West Central

2.15%

1.58%

1.19%

Southwestern

0.76%

1.27%

0.82%

East Central

1.35%

1.17%

1.47%

Mobile

1.13%

1.17%

0.97%

Southeastern

1.17%

1.34%

0.68%

*ILI threshold for significance in Alabama (Season 2020-21): 3.29%

 

View Public Health District Maps for a list of counties by district and contact information.

Viral Surveillance (October 2019 Through May 2020)

  • ADPH's viral surveillance is dependent on hospitals and healthcare providers to voluntarily submit specimens from ILI patients to BCL throughout the year for influenza detection and subtype information. Influenza specimen submissions from healthcare providers help answer the questions of where, when, and what influenza viruses are circulating. ADPH requests that hospitals submit specimens for any individuals with ILI who are pregnant, hospitalized, have recently traveled internationally, or have had contact with bird/poultry flocks or pigs/swine.
  • In addition to influenza testing, our Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) has the capability to detect 16 additional respiratory pathogens including their subtypes:
     - *RSV (A and B)
     - Coronavirus (229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1)
     - Human metapneumovirus
     - Rhinovirus/enterovirus
     - Adenovirus
     - Parainfluenza (1, 2, 3, and 4)
     - Human bocaviru
     - Chlamydophila pneumoniae
     - Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Any provider can submit influenza specimens for BCL testing. To find out more about ordering a flu kit, specimen collection, and shipping instructions, see the Quick Guide for Influenza Specimen Submission or the detailed Guidance for Lab Testing for Influenza Viruses.
  • View Why Influenza Surveillance Needs You for a quick guide about why facility participation is important.




Page last updated: October 28, 2020