131 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Ontario



    TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 131 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Wednesday,
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 626.
    Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. One person
with a chronic pre-existing medical condition died on May 23. The autopsy
results from the Office of the Chief Coroner have shown that the cause of
death is pneumonia that appears to be of bacterial origin and there is
evidence of significant heart disease also present. The role of H1N1 virus in
this case is unclear and may be difficult to ascertain. Six people who have
the H1N1 flu virus were in hospital as of May 28, 2009, a number of whom have
underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 315 males and 309 females (the gender of two
cases is unknown) with an age range of (less than)1 to 80. 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                           76                       313
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    Peel Region                       26                        98
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    York Region                       15                        82
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    Halton                             3                        62
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    City of Ottawa                     3                        19
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    Durham Region                      0                        16
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    Simcoe Muskoka District            3                         9
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    Windsor Essex                      0                         5
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    Hamilton                           1                         5
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph         2                         4
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    Sudbury and District               0                         3
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    Waterloo Region                    1                         3
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    Niagara Region                     1                         1
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    Oxford County                      0                         1
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark          0                         1
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    Middlesex-London                   0                         1
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    Hastings and Prince Edward
     Counties                          0                         1
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    Out of province(*)                 0                         2
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    TOTAL                            131                       626
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    (*) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not reside
        in the province.

    QUICK FACTS

    -   Symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus are similar to seasonal influenza
        (flu) including, 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 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, 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=402dcc1e69804c5).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus.
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=2f58c2c0557cd2d)

    To learn more about hand washing.
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=69ffa15ce0a395a)

    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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