Nova Scotia safe from influenza so far

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Some confirmed cases in New Brunswick

Nova Scotia safe from influenza so far

AMHERST – Nova Scotia has been an influenza-free zone so far this winter.

“There’s been no lab confirmed cases of flu in Nova Scotia,” said Ann Keddy, director of public relations with the Cumberland Health Authority.

Keddy said people sometimes mistake the noro-type virus for the flu.

“Sometimes people think they have the flu when they have an upset stomach and diarrhea, but that is not the flu,” she said. “The flu is when you have a high fever with coughing and the aching and that sort of thing. That’s influenza.”

Keddy said the noro-type virus is in the community right now.

“In most cases it runs its course in 24 or 48 hours,” said Keddy. “You can stay at home and take care of yourself and try not to spread it to others but if it lingers for many days and they’re still very ill, then they should seek medical attention, but most people stay at home and lie low.”

If a person does catch influenza it can last more than a week.

“It depends on the individual and the strain they happen to contact, but they usually feel better within a few days,” said Keddy. “Stay at home and look after yourself but if you continue to feel ill or have a fever that’s unusually high, then you should seek medical attention.”

Keddy said there have been confirmed cases of influenza in New Brunswick.

dmathieson@amherstdailynews

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

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  • doug
    January 20, 2012 - 15:17

    How can you report this? The flu is here in Cumberland county. The east Cumberland lodge is shut down to all visitors and any employee that is sick has to be well for 3 to 4 days before there aloud back to work. I have been sick for 2 weeks now and when I called the hospital to see if a doctor was in, they told me I would be better off waiting until tomorrow because so many people were there waiting to see the doctor because of the flu.

  • Ron Jeremy
    January 19, 2012 - 13:13

    The reason why there is no official cases of influenza is because no one wants to sit in the emergency room for 8 hours. And by the time your family doctor appointment arrives, you are well over the flu. Just wait in a few years when there is no reported cases of the flu at all after the pathetic NDP gut our health authority to death to save a buck or two while the millionaire doctors make more money$

  • mr me
    January 19, 2012 - 12:11

    my family had it after christmas, and I can say I have never been to the hospital with the flu...they just say go home, rest, fluids etc, but never take any tests to determine if flu

  • gary
    January 19, 2012 - 07:22

    Well influenza is in town as of 3 days ago...I have it ...ouch....cough ..cough..my throat hurts....waaaaaa

    • Sandi
      January 19, 2012 - 08:57

      Sorry but it was here in October and again 3 weeks ago!!

    • Barbara
      January 20, 2012 - 06:44

      It was here over Christmas,some just have throwing up or they have bad diarrhea with bad pains and nausea feeling that last 3or4 days. It might be a good thing that they don't go to the hospital. It as bad as last years flu.