143 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    TORONTO, June 12 /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 Thursday,
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 1,781.
    Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. The vast
majority of these cases have recovered. To date, two people, who had the H1N1
virus and chronic medical conditions, have died. Fourteen people who have the
H1N1 flu virus were in hospital as of June 11, a number of whom have
underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 908 males and 869 females (the gender of four
cases is unknown) with an age range of (less than)1 to 80. The average age of
the cases is 21.
    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently provided updated
guidance to health care providers on who should be tested for the H1N1 virus.
Providers have been asked to only have tests performed on patients requiring
hospitalization and on patients at high risk of complications from the flu.
    A review of Ontario laboratory tests shows the majority of people who get
tested do not have either seasonal or H1N1 flu. There is little use for
routine testing since it does not alter the treatment of mild cases.
    A more focused approach to testing at this point enables Ontario's public
health laboratory system to expedite testing for hospitalized cases and cases
of suspected outbreaks.

    
    The breakdown of the cases by health unit is as follows:

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    Health Unit                New Confirmed Cases     Total Confirmed Cases
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    Toronto                            43                       734
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    Peel Region                        42                       347
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    York Region                        33                       282
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    Halton                              6                       140
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    City of Ottawa                     10                       130
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    Durham Region                       1                        62
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    Simcoe Muskoka District             0                        17
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph          2                        13
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    Hamilton                            1                        11
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    Windsor Essex                       0                         5
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    Waterloo Region                     0                         5
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    Middlesex-London                    1                         5
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    Sudbury and District                1                         4
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    Haliburton, Kawartha,
     Pine Ridge                         0                         4
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    Northwestern                        2                         4
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    Niagara Region                      0                         3
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    Hastings and Prince
     Edward Counties                    0                         2
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    Kingston, Frontenac,
     Lennox and Addington               0                         2
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark           0                         2
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    Oxford County                       0                         1
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    Grey Bruce                          0                         1
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    Eastern Ontario                     0                         1
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    Haldimand Norfolk                   1                         1
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    Renfrew                             0                         1
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    Out of province ((*))               0                         4
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    TOTAL                             143                     1,781
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    ((*)) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not
    reside in the province.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario is very well positioned to deal with the World Health
Organization's decision to raise the pandemic alert level of Phase 6. We have
a plan in place to monitor and assess the H1N1 flu virus. We will continue to
implement that plan with our partners and agencies, and to coordinate our
response activities with the Public Health Agency of Canada."
    - Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    QUICK FACTS

    -  About 85 per cent of samples sent for H1N1 flu virus testing turn out
       to be negative for any kind of flu.
    -  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=55cd6eedba7636c).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=3670c581c263802).

    To learn more about hand washing
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=44ebc21e5e1d035).

    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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