The number of cases of influenza, as well as hospitalizations and deaths due to the viral respiratory illness, continue to escalate in Canada, and infectious diseases experts say there's no telling how soon the seasonal scourge will reach its peak and begin to taper off.
Canadians who think they’re coming down with the flu or strep throat may soon be able to avoid the doctor’s office and instead head to their local drug store where they can pay for a diagnostic test to quickly determine if they’re sick.
It seems very few Canadians are getting sick with the flu this year.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that flu cases are well below expected levels for this time of the year. But that doesn’t mean that there might not be a few outbreaks come January.
A recent surge in human infections caused by bird flu viruses and a proliferation of the types of animal flu viruses sparking infections in people are events that need to be watched, the World Health Organization said Thursday.