Five New Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) in Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild And Recovering At Home

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are five new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 36.
    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 and the individuals are
recovering at home.
    The Ontario cases involve 13 males and 23 females with an age range of 4
to 50. The breakdown by health unit is as follows:

    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Health Unit              New Confirmed Cases     Total Confirmed Cases
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto                           1                       10
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    York Region                       1                        8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Durham Region                     0                        6
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Windsor Essex                     0                        4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Peel Region                       1                        3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Oxford County                     0                        1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Simcoe Muskoka District           0                        1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sudbury and District              0                        1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Halton                            1                        1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    City of Ottawa                    1                        1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TOTAL                             5                       36
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    QUOTES

    "Increased laboratory testing capacity now available in Ontario has
resulted in cases of the H1N1 flu virus being confirmed faster. 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
(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=adac9b15937c4c6).

    Read about public health initiatives
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/project/ohp/ohp_mn.html) in the
province.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      ontario.ca/health-news
                                                      Disponible en français
    





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

Organization Profile

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

More on this organization

FLU VIRUS UPDATE

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890