One person died and nine were hospitalized due to the flu last week, officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit confirm.
The MLHU, which tracks influenza cases and outbreaks in the region, confirmed the information Tuesday afternoon, adding that there were, overall, 14 cases of lab-confirmed incluenza A in the week, measured from Dec. 11 to 17.
There were three facility outbreaks of the virus in the same time frame at long-term care homes, bringing the year-to-date total to five.
Last week’s 14 cases make up more than a third of the 36 confirmed cases the health unit says it has logged since the season began Sept. 1.
This marks the first flu fatality of 2016.
Forty-one area schools reported flu-related absences above 10 per cent of enrolment last week as well, marking a steep increase over prior weeks.
The MLHU’s data tracking is done in partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board and local hospitals.