Flu cases are down, but gastrointestinal illnesses on rise in Waterloo region – CBC

Ontario is also seeing declining cases of the flu and COVID-19

Jan 26, 2023

Cases of the flu are down in Waterloo region, but the medical officer of health says public health is seeing an uptick in gastrointestinal illnesses in child care centres and congregate living settings.

The increase happens every year, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang told regional councillors Wednesday night.

“Our public health inspectors routinely inspect these facilities with respect to infection prevention and control practices and provides guidance to help prevent and control the spread of both enteric and respiratory infections,” Wang said.

Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have been stable since December, Wang said in her update to council. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases “continue to fluctuate up and down. We currently have moderate levels of infection.”

She said the region should expect to see new variants of COVID-19 and additional waves of the virus, but “the impact may not be dissimilar to what we’ve seen in the last several months, that is, moderate waves up and down of COVID-19 infection.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/flu-rsv-covid-gastrointestinal-illness-waterloo-region-1.6726900

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