×

Stride Place. New Name ... Same Great Place!

Don't miss all the fun at Stride Place on Louis Riel Day, Monday, Feb 20th.  Details Here...

Southern Health-Sante Sud says flu season has not yet started in the region. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Michael Routledge explains the illnesses that have shown up so far this winter are mostly viruses.

"So far in Manitoba, we haven't had a lot of influenza virus activity which is the virus that can make people quite sick and we have a vaccine for every year. We have seen a fair bit of some other types viruses. There's a virus called RSV that often causes chest infections, more often in kids, but certainly can affect adults as well. We've also had another type of virus called Rhinovirus in Manitoba. So lots of cough and cold type of viruses going around but not a lot of influenza yet in Manitoba."

He adds there have also been some outbreaks of gastrointestinal virus, or Norovirus, at personal care homes throughout Southern Health.

Routledge says, judging by what is happening in British Columbia, the flu strain that has shown up there and which is expected here, is called H3N2.

"It tends to affect older people, who get more severe outcomes with influenza, and that usually makes for a busier flu season."

Routledge emphasizes, since flu season has not yet started, there is still time to get the flu shot.

×

Stride Place. New Name ... Same Great Place!

Don't miss all the fun at Stride Place on Louis Riel Day, Monday, Feb 20th.  Details Here...

More Local News

Fans Embrace Slushy Race Weekend

It was a great weekend for spectators of the Winnipeg Sports Car Club's (WSCC) Fire on Ice Racing Tour on Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie. The warm temperature wasn't exactly the greatest for the…

Hockey Night In MacGregor

Today is Louis Riel Day, and across Manitoba, events to mark occasion are happening. That includes the town of MacGregor, where the Nor-Mac Centre's the hub of day-long activity. It'll be capped off…

Louis Riel Day at Stride Place

Today is Louis Riel Day and Portage Regional Recreation Authority General Manger David Sattler says there will be plenty of activities in honour of the occasion going on at Stride Place in Portage la…

Three-peat For Team Clarity

The 12th annual Western Canadian Pond Hockey Championship wrapped in Portage la Prairie yesterday. The Clarity Vision Centre Team won the gold medal by defeating team Canad Inns 37-31. "It's our…

Warm Weather Welcomed At Winterfest In Portage

People couldn't wait for the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation's (PCRC) Winterfest yesterday at the BDO Centre in Portage la Prairie. "We had such a great time at Winterfest 2017 and I'm…

More Lighting Requested on 6th Avenue in Oakville

After 6th Avenue in the town of Oakville was extended for a development, one resident now living there has requested the L.U.D. Committee to install more lighting for the street. The RM of Portage la…

Manitoba Agricultural Museum Hosts Louis Riel Day Activities

Tomorrow is Louis Riel Day and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin is putting on plenty of activities to celebrate the occasion. Chief Museum Officer Georgette Hutlet says they're always…

Renos Create Excitement at Carman Golf and Country Club

A major capital improvement project is taking place at the Carman Golf and Curling Club. Pro Dean North explains a leaky roof on the curling rink has been replaced and the entire clubhouse is…

Stonewall's 2017 Budget Plans to Stay Out of Taxpayers' Pockets

The 2017 budget for the town of Stonewall is set to be brought before council on the weekend of March 10th. Mayor Lockie McLean notes they have a very experienced council this year, going into the…

Sunny Day for 2017 Breakfast On Ice

The Portage Community Revitalization Corporation held its annual Breakfast On Ice yesterday the brightness of a great sunny day at Stride Place on the island in Portage. Stefanie McKim, Community…

After 30 Years Sidney has a Church

After the community of Sidney, Man., has been without a gospel church for about 30 years, the grand opening of Sidney Breath of Life Church's new sanctuary is taking place today. Sidney Christian…

Fraserwood Talent Night

CFRY's latest Radio Amateur Talent Show was in Fraserwood last night, raising funds to build a new storage facility for the Community Hall. At the end, $7394.00 was raised. The performers bringing in…

North Norfolk Mayor Gets Taste of Firefighting

Brandon recently held the Office of the Fire Commissioner Fire Protection Workshop with municipal officials invited from all around. Neil Christoffersen, mayor of the Municipality of North Norfolk,…

Youth Councillor Reflects on Past Four Months in the Postition

It's been several months now since Portage la Prairie's youth city councillor took up the role. Lasha Mackedenski was sworn in back in November and says her time so far in the position has been…

Carman TD Bank Location Closing

Residents in Carman and area will have one less banking option. The TD bank branch will close its doors for good later this summer after serving the community since 1976. Dean Paddock, Manager,…

RM of Portage Comments on Southport Economic Impact Study

After Southport Aerospace's recent economic impact study was published, the RM of Portage la Prairie remarked about its relationship with the community at this week's council meeting. Reeve Kam…

Water Leak Tracked Down

A significant problem was averted in the Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne around the end of January. Reeve Richard Funk says municipal staff noticed they were losing water from the Yellowhead…

Northern Lights Coffee House Tonight

The William Glesby Centre's first coffee house of 2017 takes place this evening. Executive Director Carolyn Gray explains Northern Lights is an amazing show made just for Portage la Prairie. "It is…

Another Bitterly Cold Spell Unlikely For The Rest Of Winter

A central region weather enthusiast says it is unlikely that we will experience another extreme cold spell in the our area this winter. Scott Kehler notes the jet stream has shifted north which has…

Good News for Assisted Living In Stonewall

In deliberations during Stonewall's rezoning process, a highlight included the resolution of a former potential problem. Here's mayor Lockie McLean. "One major change that we're so pleased to have…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login