268 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 268 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Friday,
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 894.
    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 2, a
number of whom have underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 454 males and 436 females (the gender of four
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                          123                       436
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    Peel Region                       54                       152
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    York Region                       44                       126
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    Halton                            10                        72
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    City of Ottawa                    18                        37
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    Durham Region                      9                        25
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    Simcoe Muskoka District            1                        10
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    Hamilton                           2                         7
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph         2                         6
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    Windsor Essex                      0                         5
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    Middlesex-London                   3                         4
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    Sudbury and District               0                         3
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    Waterloo Region                    0                         3
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    Niagara Region                     0                         1
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    Oxford County                      0                         1
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark          0                         1
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    Hastings and Prince Edward
     Counties                          0                         1
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    Grey Bruce                         1                         1
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    Northwestern                       1                         1
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    Out of province ((*))              0                         2
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    TOTAL                            268                       894
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    ((*)) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not
          reside in the province.

    QUOTE

    "It's encouraging to see that most of the H1N1 flu cases have fully
recovered. 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, 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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