3 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are three new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total
number of cases in Ontario to 113.
    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.
    The Ontario cases involve 59 males and 54 females with an age range of 1
to 62. 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                                                      34
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    York Region                          1                       20
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    Peel Region                                                  16
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    Halton                                                       11
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    Durham Region                                                 7
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    City of Ottawa                       1                        6
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    Windsor Essex                                                 5
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    Sudbury and District                                          3
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    Hamilton                                                      2
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    Simcoe Muskoka District                                       2
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    Waterloo Region                      1                        2
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph                                    1
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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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    TOTAL                                3                       113
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    QUOTES

    "Through heightened survelliance and our increased laboratory testing, we
are seeing substantial numbers of seasonal flu cases in addition to the H1N1
flu virus. Ontarians should continue to protect themselves and those around
them by washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve,
cleaning common surfaces and staying at home if they'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 (human swine flu), call
        the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-800-476-9708 or visit the Ministry
        of Health and Long-Term Care website 
(www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about human swine flu
(www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html).

    To learn more about hand washing
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=322f9ab606acfad)

    Read about public health initiatives
    (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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