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Anne WinterAnne Winter is an epidemiologist specialist at Public Health Ontario

 

There are a variety of mechanisms through which surveillance information about the circulation of influenza and other respiratory viruses are collected each year by public health authorities in Canada, however reporting is often skewed towards the collection of data from institutional settings such as long-term care facility respiratory infection outbreaks or reports of severe illness such as hospitalizations among laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza. There is a dearth of surveillance information from community based settings reporting less severe disease. Knowledge of circulating respiratory viruses in local communities may afford an opportunity to determine the onset of community influenza epidemics and predict the timing of institutional outbreaks. ...continue reading