The likelihood of a third wave of pandemic H1N1 influenza appears to be declining as all indicators of swine flu activity remain low throughout the bulk of the country, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Nobody can say for sure that we are totally out of the woods, but the further we go into spring and summer, the less likely we are to see another wave," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner. It would not surprise the agency to see some local activity of the virus "continue to percolate along," he added.
Right now, the only U.S. region seeing any significant activity is the Southeast. Although the nation's second wave of swine flu emerged there last fall, experts attributed that to the region's early opening of schools. There is nothing to point at now as a cause of the increased activity, Skinner said.