The rate of people infected with the flu continues to decline in the Northern Health region.
According to the latest report by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the northern part of the province has seen the steepest decline in flu cases through the first two weeks of January. Rates in the five other health authorities have climbed steadily in 2013, with the biggest increase coming in the Fraser Health Authority. In both the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal regions, the rate has surpassed the 10-year maximum.
Using the percentage of Medical Services Plan claims submitted by physicians across the province, the rate of infection in Northern Health peaked during the last two weeks of December and has been decreasing ever since. The decline is in line with historical trends for the north and the rate is still within the 75th percentile based on the past 10 years.