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Friday, December 20, 2013

Canada, Vancouver : H1N1 strain dominating flu season, experts say

Via The Globe and Mail, excerpt :

The H1N1 flu strain that swept through B.C. schools and workplaces in 2009 is back with a vengeance after lurking in the background for the past few seasons.

“It’s not gone away – it’s been circulating at low levels over the last few years,” Danuta Skowronski, a flu expert with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, said on Thursday.
“This year, more than 90 per cent of the viruses we have detected in British Columbia have been pandemic H1N1 virus – and that’s true in other parts of North America as well – the H1N1 virus is dominating,” Dr. Skowronski said.
Last year, a virus known as NH3N2 dominated.
An H1N1 outbreak in 2009 triggered a national vaccination campaign, line-ups at vaccination clinics and some classrooms being nearly emptied of children who were sick or being kept home by parents for preventive reasons."

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