More flu has been spreading in southern Ontario, parts of southern Quebec and in southern Manitoba in the past couple of weeks, statistics show. (Snip) the week ended Jan. 1 showed only “sporadic activity” at most in the rest of the country, while overall flu activity increased during the last two weeks of 2010.

Influenza A was found in 98.3 per cent of positive flu tests. Of those, 94 per cent were the H3N2 strain and six per cent were H1N1 (Snip) Unlike swine flu, the H3N2 strain tends to hit older people. Many of the latest outbreaks reported were in long-term-care facilities.

The number of doctor visits for suspected flu increased but is at the level expected at this point in the flu season. (Snip)

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