13 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) In Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild And Recovering At Home

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 13 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 49.
    Laboratory testing has confirmed that the H1N1 flu virus is the same as
the one in Mexico and the United States.
    All of the cases to date are considered mild and the individuals are
recovering at home.
    The Ontario cases involve 19 males and 30 females with an age range of 4
to 52. The breakdown by health unit is as follows:

    
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    Health Unit             New Confirmed Cases        Total Confirmed Cases
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    Toronto                         2                           12
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    York Region                     1                            9
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    Durham Region                   1                            7
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    Peel Region                     3                            6
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    Windsor Essex                   1                            5
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    Simcoe Muskoka District         1                            2
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    Sudbury and District            1                            2
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    Halton                          1                            2
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    Oxford County                   0                            1
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    City of Ottawa                  0                            1
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    Middlesex-London                1                            1
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    Still to be identified          1                            1
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    TOTAL                          13                           49
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    QUOTES

    "Increased laboratory testing capacity now available in Ontario has
resulted in cases of the H1N1 flu virus being confirmed faster. Ontarians
should continue to protect themselves and those around them by washing hands
frequently, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, and staying at home if
you're sick."
    - Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    "Even though we continue to have mild cases of H1N1 flu in the province,
it's still important for Ontarians to be vigilant about keeping themselves and
their family healthy. They also need to know that our public health and
infectious disease experts are working around-the-clock keeping track of the
virus and preparing for any possible developments."
    - David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

    QUICK FACTS

    - Symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) are similar to
      seasonal influenza (flu) including headache, chills and cough followed
      by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, runny nose,
      sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. Nausea, vomiting and
      diarrhea may occur in adults as well as in children. In more severe
      cases, or in people with chronic conditions, complications such as
      pneumonia may develop.

    - People returning from Mexico who have symptoms of respiratory illness
      should contact their health care provider or call Telehealth Ontario at
      1-866-797-0000.

    - For general information on the H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu), call
      the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-800-476-9708 or visit the Ministry of
      Health and Long-Term Care website
      (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=b5436fcb2426491).


    LEARN MORE

    For more information about human swine flu
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=a8dc0e52b02e278).

    To learn more about hand washing
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=cc22375d5c8c219).

    Read about public health initiatives in the province
    (http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/project/ohp/ohp_mn.html).

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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