‘No evidence’ of community-spreading flu this season: report

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TORONTO – The latest weekly influenza report “FluWatch” from December 13, 2020 to January 2, 2021 from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) found “no evidence of community circulation of influenza”, despite increased testing levels.
“All indicators of influenza activity remain exceptionally low for this time of year, despite continued influenza surveillance across Canada,” the report said.

Only three laboratory detections of influenza were reported during the reporting period, with no “flu-like illness” or laboratory-confirmed epidemics.

To date, this flu season, FluWatch reports have counted 92 outbreaks of “flu syndrome” reported in schools and daycares. No laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreaks have been reported this season.

More than 12,500 people have participated in this season’s FluWatchers program – a national surveillance system that monitors the spread of influenza and ‘flu-like illness’ – with 15 of them (0.14%) reporting a cough or fever, which “remains low compared to previous seasons.

The report notes that influenza indicator surveillance has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, “including changes in health care seeking behavior, impacts of public health measures, and screening practices. influenza”.

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