Flu kills 8 more in New Brunswick, sends 99 to hospital – CBC

607 lab-confirmed new cases and 8 outbreaks in nursing homes and ‘other’ settings, as of Dec. 31, report shows

Jan 11, 2023

The flu killed eight more New Brunswickers, hospitalized 99 and infected at least 607 over the holidays, according to the latest figures from Public Health.

There were also eight lab-confirmed outbreaks reported in nursing homes and “other settings” between Dec. 18 and Dec. 31, and five influenza-like illness outbreaks reported in schools, the influenza report posted Wednesday shows.

Influenza activity has been decreasing in New Brunswick over the past four weeks, said Department of Health spokesperson Adam Bowie.

“While this trend is expected to continue, we should know more after we analyze the data we gather over the next few weeks,” he said in an emailed statement.

At the national level, influenza “continues to circulate but has declined sharply” from the peak that occurred at the end of November, the report says. “Most surveillance indicators are decreasing and almost all indicators are within expected levels typical of this time of year.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/flu-new-brunswick-deaths-hospitalization-cases-outbreaks-influenza-report-dec-31-1.6710203

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