143 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Ontario



    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 143 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Monday,
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 495.
    Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. One person
with a chronic pre-existing medical condition died on May 23. It's not yet
clear what role the H1N1 virus played in the fatality which is under
investigation by the Office of the Chief Coroner. Six people who have the H1N1
flu virus were in hospital as of May 26, 2009, a number of whom have
underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 246 males and 248 females (the gender of one
case 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                           81                        237
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    Peel Region                       25                         72
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    York Region                       13                         67
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    Halton                            15                         59
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    City of Ottawa                     3                         16
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    Durham Region                      5                         16
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    Simcoe Muskoka District            1                          6
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    Windsor Essex                                                 5
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    Hamilton                                                      4
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    Sudbury and District                                          3
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    Waterloo Region                                               2
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph                                    2
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    Oxford County                                                 1
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark                                     1
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    Middlesex-London                                              1
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    Hastings and Prince Edward
     Counties                                                     1
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    Out of province ((*))                                         2
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    TOTAL                            143                        495
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    ((*)) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not
            reside in the province.
    

    QUOTES

    "The large increase in cases is due to enhanced surveillance, increased
laboratory testing capacity and the processing of a backlog of tests conducted
on the weekend by public health units," said 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, 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
       
(<a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html">http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.h
tml</a>).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus
   
(<a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html">http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.h
tml</a>).

    To learn more about hand washing
   
(<a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/handwashing_mn.html">http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/hand
washing_mn.html</a>).

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

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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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