According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the country is seeing an unusually high number of influenza B cases this season.
Type B flu causes more severe illness in children and has been linked to sudden cardiac death.
“I don’t think there is conclusive knowledge as to why, but we do [know] that children especially are effected by it much more than adults,” said Dr. Phillip van der Merwe, a Calgary family doctor.
So far this season, more than 3,200 cases of flu have been reported across Canada since the end of August.
Of those cases, 1,357 were classified as Type B, with 63 per cent of those patients under the age of 20.
Alberta sees spike in flu cases, including 3 deaths
The best protection against influenza is the flu vaccine, which protects against two strains of A and two strains of B.
“Because we have a circulating B strain, the vaccine does tend to work better against flu B, so it’s a good one to get,” said Dr. Jia Hu, medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services in Calgary.
H3N2 and H1N1, two strains of influenza A, are also circulating in Canada this year.
H3N2 is typically associated with more severe illness in older adults, while H1N1 typically impacts younger adults between 20 and 64.
The latest FluWatch surveillance report shows an increase in flu activity through most of Alberta, the B.C. Lower Mainland, southern Ontario and parts of Quebec.
After slow start, flu season to ramp up in Alberta
Flu season typically peaks after Christmas, because air travel, large family gatherings or trips to busy shopping malls allow the virus to easily spread.
“The problem with the virus, too, is that you’re most infectious before you have symptoms,” said Dr. Peter Nieman, a Calgary pediatrician.
“So for 24 hours before you know there’s trouble, that’s when you start infecting people.”
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Quebec COVID-19 numbers continue to surge with 462 new cases reported – CTV News Montreal
As three regions in the province prepare to have their alert level potentially raised from yellow to orange, Quebec public health authorities announced Sunday that 462 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the province.
It is the second day in a row where the number of new cases has been over 400 after 427 people were reported to have tested positive Saturday.
The new cases brings the total number of cases in the province to 67,542.
The Island of Montreal accounted for 160 of the positive tests (31,309 total), while the Quebec City region reported 92 more cases (2,969 total), Monteregie reported 58 more cases (9,938 total) and Laval reported 32 more cases (6,668 total).
In the past 24 hours, one more person died due to the disease in addition to four people who died between Sept. 13-18.
Officials reported two people died in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, and one person died in Quebec City, Laval and Monteregie.
The total number of people who have died due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic is now 5,802.
Nova Scotia's streak of no new COVID-19 cases reaches Day 13; zero active cases remain – CTV News Atlantic
Nova Scotia’s number of active COVID-19 cases remains at zero; meanwhile, the province hasn’t announced a new case for 13 consecutive days.
On Sunday, the province reported that no new cases were identified on Saturday – a day which saw Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs complete 858 Nova Scotia tests.
To date, Nova Scotia has 87,428 negative test results, 1,086 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital – 1,021 cases are now resolved.
Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Sixty-one per cent of cases are female and 39 per cent are male.
There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers reflect where a person lives, and not where their sample was collected.
- Western zone: 55 cases
- Central zone: 910 cases
- Northern zone: 67 cases
- Eastern zone: 54 cases
STATE OF EMERGENCY REMAINS IN PLACE
On Friday, the province announced the provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to October 4, unless the government terminates or extends it.
UPDATED LIST OF SYMPTOMS
The province recently reduced the number of COVID-19 symptoms for which health officials are screening.
The provincial government said the updated list of symptoms reflects the current epidemiology in Nova Scotia.
Anyone who experiences a new or worsening fever or cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms is encouraged to take an online test to determine if they should call 811 for further assessment:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who travels to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic region is required to self-isolate for 14 days and must fill out a self-declaration form before coming to the province.
However, the province has eased some self-isolation requirements for out-of-province rotational workers.
Residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are not required to self-isolate when travelling to Nova Scotia, but they must be prepared to provide proof of their place of residency at provincial borders.
Visitors from outside the Atlantic region who have already self-isolated in another Atlantic province for 14 days may travel to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate again.
Region of Waterloo Public Health reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 – KitchenerToday.com
Region of Waterloo Public Health is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 on its information dashboard.
But due to ongoing data revisions, two additional cases were added to yesterday’s count, along with an additional case earlier this week.
The total number of cases is at 1,592 since March.
Eighty-five per cent of all cases are considered resolved.
There are no additional deaths and no COVID-19 patients in hospital with the active caseload at 112.
Outbreaks remain unchanged today, with six in effect in various settings.
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