Quebec hospitals overflowing as province hit with widespread flu

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(CBC News) — Emergency rooms in Quebec hospitals are overflowing this holiday season as the flu spreads across the province.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is reporting a steady rise in influenza cases throughout the country and Quebec is no exception. Earlier this month, the agency described the flu as being “widespread” in the province.

The occupancy rate in Quebec hospitals is exceeding 100 per cent capacity in many cases, Presse Canadienne has learned.

Montreal hospitals have also seen an influx of patients.

“Our hospitals are bursting to the seams,” said Dr. Catherine Farrell, a pediatric intensive care specialist at Sainte-Justine. “Our emergency rooms are really overloaded.” (…)

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