184 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 184 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Wednesday,
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 1,078.
    Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. The vast
majority of these cases have recovered and public health officials estimate
that about 150 people are currently sick.
    Two people, who had the H1N1 virus and chronic medical conditions, have
died. Six people who have the H1N1 flu virus were in hospital as of June 4, a
number of whom have underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 543 males and 532 females (the gender of three
cases is unknown) with an age range of (less than)1 to 97. The average age of
the cases is 22. 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                            74                       510
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    Peel Region                        34                       186
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    York Region                        33                       159
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    Halton                             16                        88
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    City of Ottawa                     14                        51
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    Durham Region                       6                        31
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    Simcoe Muskoka District             2                        12
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    Hamilton                            0                         7
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph          1                         7
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    Windsor Essex                       0                         5
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    Middlesex-London                    0                         4
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    Sudbury and District                0                         3
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    Waterloo Region                     0                         3
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    Hastings and Prince
     Edward Counties                    1                         2
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    Niagara Region                      0                         1
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    Oxford County                       0                         1
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    Kingston, Frontenac,
     Lennox and Addington               1                         1
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark           0                         1
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    Haliburton, Kawartha,
     Pine Ridge                         1                         1
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    Grey Bruce                          0                         1
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    Northwestern                        0                         1
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    Timiskaming                         1                         1
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    Out of province ((*))               0                         2
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    TOTAL                              184                      1,078
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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 and increased
laboratory testing capacity," 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 (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=585709b800c7e00).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=efff1ce041c0082).

    To learn more about hand washing
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=8d9a950a0946a31).

    Read about public health initiatives in the province
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=5c7b42e59140f0d).

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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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