85 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Ontario



    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are 85 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total
number of cases in Ontario to 272.
    All of the cases reported to date, with the exception of two, are
considered mild. Two people, who have the H1N1 flu virus, have been
hospitalized with a number of underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 138 males and 130 females (further information
still pending from four other cases) 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                            37                        110
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    Peel Region                        18                         41
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    York Region                        11                         38
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    Halton                             10                         34
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    City of Ottawa                      6                         13
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    Durham Region                                                 10
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    Windsor Essex                                                  5
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    Simcoe Muskoka District             2                          4
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    Waterloo Region                                                3
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    Sudbury and District                                           3
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    Hamilton                                                       3
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph          1                          2
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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
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    TOTAL                              85                        272
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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 is a reflection of our enhanced surveillance
and increased laboratory testing capacity which has allowed us to address the
backlog of samples submitted for testing. 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, 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 09/swine_flu.html.
       (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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