Widespread flu activity reported in St. John's, Avalon region

Deana Stokes Sullivan dss@thetelegram.com
Published on April 9, 2013

The number of influenza cases is continuing to decline across the country, but the east coast of Newfoundland is reported to have widespread flu activity in the latest Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) FluWatch report.

The central region of the province is reported to have localized flu activity, according to the latest report for the week of March 24-30.

The PHAC says the influenza-like illness consultation rate increased slightly but was within the expected range for this time of year.

Laboratory detections of influenza were similar to the past two weeks, and the proportion of influenza B continued to increase. Detections of other respiratory viruses were stable or decreasing compared to recent weeks.

Lab tests confirmed two cases of Influenza A in Newfoundland and Labrador in the week of March 24-30 and three cases of Influenza B. However, while lab tests confirm the presence of flu circulating in a region, not all cases of influenza-like illness are tested.

The PHAC also receives reports from doctors in regions across the country to confirm the presence of flu-like illness.

To date this flu season, there have been 711 lab-confirmed Influenza A cases in Newfoundland and Labrador and 14 confirmed Influenza B cases.

Across the country, 26,529 Influenza A cases have been confirmed by lab tests and 2,623 Influenza B cases.