N.B. breaks record for flu cases and hospitalizations, as RSV and COVID-19 cases climb – CBC

Dr. Yves Léger, chief medical officer of health, warns of post-holiday rise without protective measures

Dec 13, 2022

New Brunswick has recorded an all-time high of 836 confirmed flu cases in one week and 115 hospitalizations, nearly double the previous record, says the acting chief medical officer of health.

About 17 per cent of those hospitalized were children and youth, Dr. Yves Léger told reporters Tuesday, a figure he described as being “maybe a little bit higher” than previous years.

Since the beginning of the 2022-23 flu season on Aug. 28, a total of 61 youth under age 20 have been hospitalized in New Brunswick, Léger revealed during a respiratory illness briefing. The majority of them have been under 10.

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which infects the lungs and respiratory tract, also continues to “circulate widely,” while COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations have increased in the past few weeks, said Léger.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/flu-rsv-covid-19-new-brunswick-dr-yves-leger-update-1.6683914

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