484 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario



    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 484 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Friday,
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 1,562.
    Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. The vast
majority of these cases have recovered.
    To date, two people, who had the H1N1 virus and chronic medical
conditions, have died. Ten people who have the H1N1 flu virus were in hospital
as of June 9, a number of whom have underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 808 males and 750 females (the gender of four
cases is unknown) with an age range of (less than)1 to 97. The average age of
the cases is 21.
    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently provided updated
guidance to health care providers on who should be tested for the H1N1 virus.
Providers have been asked to only have tests performed on patients requiring
hospitalization and on patients at high risk of complications from the flu.
    A review of Ontario laboratory tests shows the majority of people who get
tested do not have either seasonal or H1N1 flu. There is little use for
routine testing since it does not alter the treatment of mild cases.
    A more focused approach to testing at this point enables Ontario's public
health laboratory system to expedite testing for hospitalized cases and cases
of suspected outbreaks.

    
    The breakdown of the cases by health unit is as follows:

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                                            New                      Total
                                         Confirmed                 Confirmed
    Health Unit                            Cases                     Cases
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    Toronto                                 159                       669
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    Peel Region                             116                       302
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    York Region                              71                       230
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    Halton                                   38                       126
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    City of Ottawa                           57                       108
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    Durham Region                            22                        53
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    Simcoe Muskoka District                   4                        16
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    Hamilton                                  3                        10
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph                3                        10
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    Windsor Essex                                                       5
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    Waterloo Region                           2                         5
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    Middlesex-London                                                    4
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    Sudbury and District                                                3
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    Niagara Region                            2                         3
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    Hastings and Prince Edward Counties                                 2
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    Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and
    Addington                                 1                         2
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    Leeds, Grenville & Lanark                 1                         2
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    Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge          1                         2
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    Northwestern                              1                         2
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    Oxford County                                                       1
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    Grey Bruce                                                          1
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    Perth                                     1                         1
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    Eastern Ontario                           1                         1
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    Out of province ((*))                     2                         4
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    TOTAL                                   484                     1,562
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    ((*)) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not
            reside in the province.

    QUOTES

    "Most of the testing being done right now is often unnecessary since a
    majority of the cases are mild and can be diagnosed and treated based on
    the symptoms presented to the physician. Since we're asking that only
    hospitalized and high risk patients be tested, we expect future reports
    will show that the provincial case count is growing at a slower rate."
    -  Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.

    QUICK FACTS

    -  About 85 per cent of samples sent for H1N1 flu virus testing turn out
       to be negative for any kind of flu.
    -  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=7b3b84dca0c1456).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=0e41e5393c7bc00).

    To learn more about hand washing
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=0c4af6eb6329609).

    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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