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Influenza and Respiratory Viruses

This section undertakes enhanced surveillance, investigations, and research on influenza and other respiratory pathogens, as well as develops, evaluates, and improves new molecular techniques and reagents for early detection and identification of potential epidemic and pandemic influenza strains and other new emerging respiratory viruses. As mentioned previously, unidentifiable respiratory specimens collected from Canadian patients were found to contain human metapneumovirus, or a new human cornonavirus, indicating that these viral agents are circulating in Canada and may be responsible for a significant proportion of respiratory infections.