The flu is infecting more people in Muskoka in 2018.

At this time last year, there were nearly 400 lab-confirmed flu infections reported in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for the 2016-17 influenza season. Health officials report there are over 600 lab-confirmed cases overall for the season this year.  According to reports, this is largely due to a spike in the spread of the B-strain of the flu virus.

The health unit’s latest update shows the weekly spread of the virus is still fairly steady with 79 lab-confirmed cases reported between February 11th and the 17th.

Health unit officials say you can help stop the spread of the virus by washing your hands more often and staying home if you’re sick with flu-like symptoms. If you have a medical condition and develop flu symptoms, see a doctor or call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000, which has a registered nurse available 24/7.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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