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CANADA - Influenza’s swift spread across the region has health care officials concerned. “We don’t like the way it’s spreading so rapidly in the population,” Northwestern Health Unit spokesman Bill Limerick said Friday.

The Northwestern and Thunder Bay District health units have declared influenza outbreaks and visitor restrictions have been implemented at most health-care facilities in the district, including the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Versa Care nursing home and six hospitals and long-term care homes west of the city. There are no outbreaks at the moment at the Nipigon and Marathon hospitals.

“It’s affecting a fairly large segment of the population,” Limerick said. Ken Allan, the Thunder Bay health unit’s director of health protection and clinical services, noted that a large number of influenza cases have been confirmed across the district. But Allan said the current flu outbreak “is normal, in terms of what we’d expect to see at this time of year.

Source: Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

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