DOH

New Jersey's Active Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Surveillance Statistics
Week of December 18, 2000

Reports were received from 162 schools with a total enrollment of 127,737 students. ILI does NOT appear to be the explanation for most of this absenteeism. The reported overall absenteeism rate was 6.29%, up slightly from 5.95% the week before.

Reports were received from 56 nursing homes with a total population of 7,964. The reported influenza-like illness rate was 2.36%, up slightly from 1.93% the week before.

Reports were received from 56 hospital emergency departments. During the 24 hour surveillance period, a total of 5,019 patients were seen, of which 7.93% were being seen because of a respiratory influenza-like illness. This figure was up from 6.38% the week before.

There has been one laboratory test positive for influenza type B in New Jersey during the last week.

These figures indicate that New Jersey is still at baseline absenteeism and illness rates. Although these figures suggest that there is no significant influenza-like illness occurring in the state, the laboratory report indicates that the influenza B virus is circulating at least at low levels in the state.

Northeastern New Jersey

% AbsentSchools
% with ILI
Nursing Homes
% visits with ILI
Emergency Departments
Bergen4.521.284.13
EssexNRNR16.89
Hudson5.921.1215.13
Middlesex4.751.199.70
Monmouth2.470.471.05
Passaic4.762.659.24
Union7.872.4813.00
Regional Total4.991.609.18

Northwestern New Jersey

% AbsentSchools
% with ILI
Nursing Homes
% visits with ILI
Emergency Departments
Hunterdon4.181.460.00
MercerNRNR1.00
Morris3.600.872.94
SomersetNRNRNR
SussexNR14.85NR
Warren7.351.527.89
Regional Total4.621.672.89

Southern New Jersey

% AbsentSchools
% with ILI
Nursing Homes
% visits with ILI
Emergency Departments
Atlantic 4.982.704.64
Burlington4.790.006.70
Camden5.641.387.32
Cape May5.632.523.45
Cumberland6.631.2911.96
Gloucester8.730.5114.29
Ocean8.690.874.93
Salem7.384.788.64
Regional Total6.901.546.95

Statewide Total6.292.367.93

NR = no report