Flu cases see ‘significant increase’ across northeastern Ontario, say health units – CBC

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Dec 13, 2022

Health units across northeastern Ontario are reporting a “significant increase” in flu cases so far this season when compared to previous years.

In Greater Sudbury and the surrounding region there have been 209 confirmed flu cases so far.

Karly McGibbon, a public health nurse with Public Health Sudbury and Districts, said that number only represents cases that were confirmed in a lab because a person had to receive medical treatment.

“I can tell you that we know there’s many, many more [cases] in the Sudbury region,” she said.

McGibbon said in past years, even pre-pandemic, only a handful of cases would be reported to the health unit before late December.

The flu season typically runs from September to April.

“Normally in years past… we would get maybe one here or there and we would really start to see them coming in late December, early January,” McGibbon said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/flu-case-increase-northeastern-ontario-1.6683165

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