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May 21, 2024 – Today, in a meeting with public health partners, CDC Principal Deputy Director Nirav D. Shah laid out the agency’s recommendations that influenza surveillance systems continue to operate at improved levels through the summer and increase the number of influenza A virus positive samples submitted for subtyping. to help detect even rare cases of human H5N1 virus infection in the community.

CDC Influenza Division Director Vivien Dugan joined leaders and members of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), the Health Coalition of the Large Cities (BCHC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). ) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in the call.

Shah emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant and outlined a nationwide influenza virus monitoring plan for the summer season, which is a time when influenza activity and testing typically declines. The goal of this plan is to maintain increased awareness of circulating influenza viruses given the current outbreak of H5N1 among U.S. poultry and dairy cattle.

Specifically, Shah called on jurisdictions to work with clinical laboratories to increase the submission of positive influenza virus samples to public health laboratories for subtyping. Subtyping is a process that determines whether the influenza A sample is a common seasonal influenza virus or a new virus such as H5N1.

CDC is committed to supporting state and local public health officials and will continue to provide information to support their H5N1 influenza response efforts.

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