Fewer Flu Cases, More ‘Influenza B’

Cases of the flu continue to decline in the London-area, but late in the season more cases of Influenza B are popping up.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says last week there were eight new confirmed cases of the flu in London and Middlesex County, down from 13 cases the week before.

Of those eight cases, seven were confirmed as Influenza B, and one person was infected with both Influenza A and B. The majority of cases this year have tested positive for Influenza A. There is very little difference between the two strains of the flu.

Since September 1, 2013, 196 people in London-Middlesex have had a confirmed case of Influenza A, while only 32 patients have tested positive for Influenza B.

40 of the Influenza A cases have been identified as the H1N1 strain.

The Health Unit says 60% of the cases reported by physicians this flu season affected adults between the age of 20 and 64.

Across the province, a total of 6,340 cases of the flu have been reported since September 1st.