533 new cases of RSV confirmed in N.B., more than last season’s total – CBC

3-week total exceeds 371 cases diagnosed between Aug. 29, 2021 and Aug. 27, 2022, federal website shows

Jan 19, 2023

More than 500 New Brunswickers have been diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, within three recent weeks, according to the latest figures posted by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

That’s more than the 371 cases confirmed all of last season, the website shows.

The number of lab-confirmed cases of RSV in the province, as of Jan. 7, is 1,186. That’s up from 653 as of Dec. 17 — nearly a 60 per cent jump.

The actual number is likely much higher since many people probably just stay home and don’t get tested.

In 2018-19, pre-pandemic, the seasonal total was 1,237.

RSV is a common respiratory virus most children contract by the age of two. It usually causes a mild illness with cold-like symptoms, but can be “an important cause of morbidity and mortality in infants, young children and the elderly,” according to Health Canada.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/rsv-new-brunswick-new-cases-jan-flu-covid-19-1.6719293

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