BCCDC says flu surge is stabilizing after 6 kids die, but surgeon is alarmed – CTV

Dec. 10, 2022

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia pediatric cardiac surgeon is calling for more transparency and urgency from public officials after the flu-related deaths of at least six children and youth in the province this season.

“Parents need more knowledge (because) knowledge is essential in an emergency. What we have is ignorance, and ignorance is deadly in this situation,” Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi said in an interview Friday.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control said in a statement Friday that the deadly spike in acute respiratory illness is showing signs of stabilizing.

The centre reported influenza A was the most detected virus in B.C. last week, while wastewater tests indicate a slow increase in COVID-19 infections.

It said that while test positivity remains high for both influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, the numbers have levelled off in the past week.

Read more: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/bccdc-says-flu-surge-is-stabilizing-after-6-kids-die-but-surgeon-is-alarmed-1.6189265

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