Eight flu-related deaths in N.S. in past week

Health officials say there have been eight flu-related deaths in Nova Scotia over the past week amid an abnormal influenza season.

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Robert Strang says normally the flu season starts with influenza A and then influenza B shows up towards the end -- but this season both viruses are circulating together.

So far there have been 22 deaths in Nova Scotia, 15 in New Brunswick and three in Prince Edward Island.

New Brunswick Public Health says that in addition to the circulation of both strains of flu, people started getting ill in October when the season normally starts toward the end of December.