Toronto Public Health is reporting that in the second week of this year the number of flu cases jumped from 323 lab-confirmed cases of the flu to 528. That means there was an increase of 205 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in the city.
Of the new cases confirmed by health officials 98% were subtyped as influenza A and 2% as influenza B. One reason for the spike in cases of the flu is that there were two new outbreaks reported at a Toronto institution.
So far this flu season seven people have died due to influenza. Two other deaths have not yet been linked through lab testing.
Meanwhile Newstalk 1010 spoke with Dr. Doug Sider, who is the Medical Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control for Public Health Ontario. He says it appears most communities in Ontario are hitting or have already hit their peak this flu season and are on a down slope.