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New Brunswick sees early jump in flu-related cases: health authorities – New Brunswick

It's a season of flu again and health workers in New Brunswick say this H1N1 virus is particularly bad.

Emergency rooms shake with cases. Over the past two weeks, there have been over 300 cases of influenza in the province.

The flu season generally begins in late December, but influenza cases have increased in the later part of November this season. In total, there are 579 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, with 577 of those influenza A and two influenza B

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

"Deaths related to this year's flu are people who have not been vaccinated," says Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick.

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Eighteen percent of all hospitalized cases were children under the age of 10, one of whom was admitted to the home. Since Friday, no children have died of influenza this year.

Dr Russell says that those who are most at risk of catching the flu are older, but children are not exempted.

"We are also seeing H1N1 this year, influenza A, which affects adult young and middle-aged people who have chronic illness," she said.

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Farraline Place is a home for child care led by Judy O'Donel. There are rules for maintaining its senior inhabitants during the influenza season. They have warning signs placed on each entry, encourage frequent washing of hands and stop visiting when one resident becomes ill.

"We closed the doors, we did not even allow anyone to service the people they were supposed to deliver. We did not even allow the families and encouraged the residents not to leave," O'Donel said.

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