34 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 34 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 110.
    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 56 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                               9                      34
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    York Region                           4                      18
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    Peel Region                           7                      17
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    Halton                                7                      11
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    Durham Region                         0                       7
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    City of Ottawa                        3                       5
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    Windsor Essex                         0                       5
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    Sudbury and District                  0                       3
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    Hamilton                              1                       2
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    Simcoe Muskoka District               0                       2
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    Waterloo Region                       1                       1
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph            1                       1
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    Oxford County                         0                       1
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark             1                       1
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    Middlesex-London                      0                       1
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    Hastings and Prince Edward
     Counties                             0                       1
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    TOTAL                                34                     110
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    QUOTES

    "The significant increase in cases today is happening because we are
    reporting for two days and the increased lab capacity we put into place
    last week is allowing us to process a larger number of tests. 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 (human swine flu) 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
      (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=1493f56d3e2b910).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about human swine flu
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=622497f59434b8d).

    To learn more about hand washing
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=31d737a45f9a839).

    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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