ID News: January 2017
Volume 43-1, January 5, 2017: Enteric disease outbreaks
FluWatch Report: December 11 to December 17, 2016 (Week 50)
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada. Weekly influenza reports. FluWatch summary: December 11 to December 17, 2016 (Week 50).
Seasonal Influenza activity continues to increase in Canada.
A total of 692 positive influenza detections were reported in week 50. Influenza A(H3N2) continues to be the most common subtype detected.
In week 50, 1.3% of visits to sentinel healthcare professionals were due to influenza-like symptoms.
Eighteen laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreaks were reported with the majority in long-term care facilities.
There were 98 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported from participating provinces and territories 54 (56%) were due to influenza A(H3N2).
In week 50, a total of 19 regions in Canada reported no influenza activity. Sporadic influenza activity was reported in 20 regions across 11 provinces and territories (BC, AB, SK, ON, NS, NB, PE, NF, NT, YT and NU). Localized activity was reported in eight regions across four provinces and territories (BC, AB, ON and NS).
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In week 50, a total of 19 regions in Canada reported no influenza activity. Sporadic influenza activity was reported in 22 regions across all provinces and territories (excluding NB). Localized activity was reported in 11 regions across five provinces (BC, AB, SK, ON and NS). Widespread activity was reported in one region of Alberta.
Human cases of West Nile virus in Canada, 2016
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada. Surveillance of West Nile virus.
During the West Nile virus (WNv) season from mid-April to October, Canada conducts ongoing human case surveillance across the country. Monitoring West Nile virus nationally is a joint effort between the Government and its partners, including provincial and territorial ministries of health, First Nations authorities and blood supply agencies.
The Government relies on the provinces and territories to report the number of West Nile virus cases. To accurately reflect the annual occurrence of WNv cases in Canada, health professionals need to remain vigilant in diagnosing WNv, and reporting cases to their public health regional authorities. Case definitions can be accessed at: National Surveillance for West Nile virus.
In 2016, there were a total of 100 cases reported as of November 12, 2016. These numbers may change slightly as provincial or territorial public health organizations can sometimes retroactively identify cases. Surveillance detects only a portion of West Nile virus cases in Canada; the true number is likely greater.
|Province/Territory||Total number of clinical cases|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||0|
|Prince Edward Island||1|
|North West Territories||0|
Overall, the number of cases remain relatively low, although there has been a gradual increase over the last three years.
|Year||Number of human cases|
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