Cases of influenza B virus spike in BC children

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B.C.’s provincial health officer is claiming that there has been an increase in the number of the B influenza virus cases in children this year. Dr. Perry Kendall says that the disease is primarily affecting children under the age of five, but has also been more prevalent in children aged five to nineteen years old this year. The B.C. Center for Disease Control says that more than 10 % of absenteeism at work sites and schools right now is most likely the result of influenza-like illnesses, and the public is being advised to stay at home if they are sick, in order to prevent spreading the disease.

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