"Highlights of the 2017-2018 Influenza season:
- This season, influenza activity peaked between week 8 and 10 ( February 18 to March 10, 2018) in New Brunswick. Nationally, the peak of activity, mainly driven by the Western Provinces, was observed at week 6 (February 4 to February 10, 2018).
- In New Brunswick, the activity in the current season started very early compared to previous years: influenza activity was ongoing since week 40 (early October) which is atypical for New Brunswick where sustained activity is usually observed starting week 51 or 52 (end of December).
- The number of influenza tests submitted had increased by more than 4400 tests compared to the previous season and the overall positivity rate was higher (26% versus 20% in 2016-2017).
- Up to June 23 2018, 2719 laboratory confirmed influenza cases were reported: 1408 were influenza A (52% of all positive) and 1296 were influenza B (48% of all positive)..." - New Brunswick Influenza Activity Summary Report: 2017-2018 season