Influenza A(H3N2) Outbreak on a University Campus - Michigan, October-November 2021

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Dec 10;70(49):1712-1714. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7049e1.


On November 10, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was notified of a rapid increase in influenza A(H3N2) cases by the University Health Service (UHS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Because this outbreak represented some of the first substantial influenza activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC, in collaboration with the university, MDHHS, and local partners conducted an investigation to characterize and help control the outbreak. Beginning August 1, 2021, persons with COVID-19-like* or influenza-like illness evaluated at UHS received testing for SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and respiratory syncytial viruses by rapid multiplex molecular assay. During October 6-November 19, a total of 745 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases were identified.§ Demographic information, genetic characterization of viruses, and influenza vaccination history data were reviewed. This activity was conducted consistent with applicable federal law and CDC policy..

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H3N2 Subtype / isolation & purification*
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology*
  • Influenza, Human / virology*
  • Male
  • Michigan / epidemiology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Universities
  • Young Adult