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New Brunswick saw early spike in influenza cases: health officials – New Brunswick

It's the flu season, and officials from New Brunswick say the H1N1 strain this year is particularly bad.

Emergency rooms are shot in cases. There have been over 300 cases of influenza in the last two weeks of the province.

The flu season generally begins in late December, however, flu-related cases increased in late November this season. Overall, there were 579 influenza cases confirmed by the laboratory, of which 577 influenza A and two influenza B.

So far, there have been 71 flu-associated hospitalizations and 15 patients have been admitted to the intensive care unit. Three people died as a result of the virus.

"The deaths associated with influenza this year are people who have not been immunized," said Dr. Jennifer Russell, Health Director of New Brunswick.

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18% of all hospitalized cases were children under the age of 10, one admitted to UTI. As of Friday, no child died of influenza this year.

Dr. Russell says the most exposed to the risk of getting flu are seniors, but children are not exempt.

"We also see H1N1 this year, influenza A, which affects young people to middle-aged adults suffering from chronic diseases," she said.

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Farraline Place is a senior care home led by Judy O'Donnell. She has a set of rules to keep her health during the flu season. They have warning signs posted on each entry, encourage frequent hand washing, and interrupt the visit when a resident becomes ill.

"We closed the doors, we left no one else but a service that was supposed to come in. We did not allow the families and encouraged the residents not to come out," said O'Donnell.

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