36 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Ontario



    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 36 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total
number of cases in Ontario to 155.
    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 reported to date are
considered mild.
    One person, who has a mild case of the H1N1 flu virus, has been
hospitalized for other medical reasons.
    The Ontario cases involve 80 males and 74 females (further information
still pending from one other case) with an age range of 1 to 86. 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                            15                        52
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    York Region                         4                        25
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    Peel Region                         5                        21
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    Halton                              7                        18
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    Durham Region                       2                        10
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    City of Ottawa                                                7
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    Windsor Essex                                                 5
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    Waterloo Region                     1                         3
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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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    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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    Out of province ((*))               2                         2
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    TOTAL                              36                       155
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    ((*)) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not
            reside in the province.
    

    QUOTES

    "The increase in our numbers for today is a reflection of our enhanced
surveillance and increased laboratory testing capacity which has allowed us to
clear our backlog of tests. We also continue to see substantial numbers of
seasonal flu cases. Ontarians should 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, 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=b2c53272774708b).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=8fd306eb8525063).

    To learn more about hand washing
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=adac9b15937c4c6).

    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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