14 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild

    TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 14 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total
number of cases in Ontario to 76.
    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.
    Public health officials are investigating a possible linkage between
three unconfirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Japan and Ontario.
    The Ontario cases involve 37 males and 38 females (further information
still pending for one of the new cases) with an age range of 1 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                        7                         25
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    York Region                    2                         14
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    Peel Region                    3                         10
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    Durham Region                  0                          7
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    Windsor Essex                  0                          5
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    Halton                         2                          4
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    Sudbury and District           0                          3
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    Simcoe Muskoka District        0                          2
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    City of Ottawa                 0                          2
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    Oxford County                  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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    Hamilton                       0                          1
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    TOTAL                         14                         76
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    The next Ontario update will be issued on Monday, May 11th.

    QUOTES

    "Due to the intensity of our surveillance efforts and our increased
laboratory testing capacity, we expect to identify more cases. 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.

    QUICK FACTS

    -  Symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus 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, call the ServiceOntario
       INFOline at 1-800-476-9708 or visit the Ministry of Health and Long-
       Term Care website.

    LEARN MORE
    For more information about H1N1 flu virus.
    (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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