1/11/2018 1:10:41 PM
Experts in infectious diseases report there is still a lot of flu season left in Canada, and one particular strain is lingering unusually longer than expected. Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario says a mix of two strains are dominating this year's epidemic, highlighted by the tough influenza A virus H-3-N-2 and an earlier-arriving circulation of a B strain.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reports there were 11-thousand-277 lab-confirmed cases of flu across the country as of December 30th -- 70 per cent of them attributed to H-3-N-2. Influenza is a difficult virus. It changes so frequently that it is hard to identify and treat and even harder to develop a vaccine months in advance of flu season. H-3-N-2 is one subtype of the influenza virus that often causes significant illness.
Expect your standard body aches, fever, headache, sore throat, cough, exhaustion, congestion, and vomiting and diarrhea with this strain. It's important to take steps to protect yourself and your family from the flu each year, no matter which strain is making people sick.
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