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First Confirmed Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection in the United States, Updated Information on the Epidemiology of MERS-CoV Infection, and Guidance for the Public, Clinicians, and Public Health Authorities - May 2014 (MMWR - CDC)

Confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Case in Indiana, 2014 (CDC)

Health Alert Network message regarding small numbers of 2009 H1N1 viruses resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu™) detected in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health relies upon selected sentinel health practitioners across the state to report the number of visits consistent with an influenza-like illness (ILI): fever over 100°F AND cough and/or sore throat. Providers are supplied with specimen collection kits, and submit samples to the state Public Health Laboratory for influenza PCR testing.  Reports are used to estimate the state's ILI rate and the magnitude of the state's influenza activity. Reports represent only the distribution of flu in the state, not an actual count of all flu cases statewide.

       Please click on the summary Dr. Ratard compiled regarding influenza activity this year compared to 2009.  
       Influenza A H1N1 pdm09 is the predominant strain in Louisiana this year, the same as the 2009 pandemic
       We have started Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) surveillance throughout the state. If you have a
       patient in your facility that is critically ill and having a sample tested at the state public health lab, please
       send the below information to Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Attn: Julie Hand. We prefer to have this
       information as soon as possible rather than trying to obtain it after the lab results are released.
          -  Face Sheet
          -  History and Physical
          -   Rapid results
          -   Discharge summary (when available)
      Specimens acceptable for subtyping at the state public health lab are those from
hospitalized, critically ill
. Please do not submit specimens from uncomplicated influenza-like illness or from emergency
      department visits. These requirements do not apply if you are part of our sentinel surveillance program.

Influenza Weekly Report - Louisiana      (monthly for the summer)                        

Fluview Weekly Report - CDC

Louisiana Influenza Surveillance Handbook 2013-2014 Season

Virologic Surveillance Handbook 2013-2014 Season

Fax Report Form 2013-2014 Season

Lab Form                       Specimen Collection and Transport Information

H7N9 and MERS-CoV

For the most up to date information on Avian Influenza A (H7N9) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) please visit:

Air Travel Exposures


Influenza Vaccine

Early Estimates of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness - U.S., January 2013 (MMWR)

Composition of the 2013-2014 Influenza Vaccine

Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines - CDC



2009 H1N1 Louisiana Summary Report



Annual Report - Louisiana

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - CDC

Epidemiology Manual

Respirator FIt Testing


Primary Contact Information:

Influenza Program: Julie Hand, MSPH

1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Telephone: (504) 568-8298 Fax: (504) 568-8290