Niagara Region Public Health Reports First Death Associated with H1N1 (Second
Wave)

NIAGARA REGION, ON, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Niagara Region Public Health reports a woman from the Niagara Falls area, with underlying medical conditions, has died. This is the first death associated with the arrival of the second wave of H1N1 in Niagara in September 2009. This is the second reported death in Niagara since the arrival of H1N1 in May 2009.

"Our thoughts are extended to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time," states Dr. Robin Williams, Medical Officer of Health. "We recognize that H1N1 is in our community, and while generally mild, it can also cause serious illness and death."

Residents are reminded to take the following measures to reduce the risk of getting the H1N1 flu virus. These measures include:

    
    -   Clean your hands regularly. If soap and water isn't available, use an
        alcohol-based hand gel. Children should be supervised when using an
        alcohol-based hand gel.
    -   Cough or sneeze into your elbow, arm, sleeve or tissue, not your
        hands.
    -   Clean surfaces, toys, and objects.
    -   Practice personal space of two metres if someone in your household is
        ill.
    -   Stay home if you're experiencing flu-like symptoms and call your
        doctor.
    -   Priority groups are reminded to get their H1N1 vaccine.
    

To date, there are 119 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Niagara. For more information about the H1N1 flu virus, visit www.niagararegion.ca or call the H1N1 Information Line at 905-688-8248 ext. 7950 or toll-free at 1-888-505-6074.

SOURCE THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF NIAGARA

For further information: For further information: Dr. Robin Williams, Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Region, (905) 688-8248 ext. 7338, or 1-888-505-6074, After hours: (905) 984-3690

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