Testing Guidance for Flu and Other Viruses

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December 22, 2023

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Influenza (Flu)
2023 - 2024 Flu Season 

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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

FluView Report: Flu activity is elevated, with flu increasing in most parts of the United States, including flu hospitalizations. The most common influenza viruses this season are influenza A(H1N1) viruses.
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Testing Guidance for Flu and Other Viruses

There are different respiratory viruses spreading in the U.S. right now, including flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19. Symptoms for these two illnesses can be similar, but there are tests to tell the two apart. CDC has information on tests to diagnose flu and COVID-19. Testing is not required to begin treatment of flu, and treatment is recommended for high-risk people with flu symptoms.
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To Prevent Bird Flu Avoid Exposure

Wild birds can be infected with avian influenza A (bird flu) viruses even if they don’t look sick. Domestic poultry often show signs of illness when infected with bird flu. As a precaution, people should avoid direct contact with wild birds and poultry and observe them only from a distance. CDC works to improve global control and prevention of bird flu and has information for people in contact with birds.
While rare, people can be infected with #BirdFlu. Learn how to protect yourself from #birdflu viruses: Prevention and Antiviral Treatment of Bird Flu Viruses in People | Avian Influenza.

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