Ontario investigates its first fatality associated with H1N1 flu virus



    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, has
confirmed that a person with H1N1 flu virus has died. A 44-year old Toronto
man with a chronic pre-existing medical condition passed away on May 23rd. On
May 24th laboratory testing confirmed a positive test for H1N1 in this
individual. It is not clear what role the H1N1 virus played in the fatality
which is now under investigation by the Office of the Chief Coroner.
    Dr. Williams also reported that there are 58 new confirmed cases of H1N1
flu virus since May 22, bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 352.
Two people, who have the H1N1 flu virus, are in hospital with a number of
underlying medical conditions.
    The Ontario cases involve 172 males and 178 females (the gender of two
cases is unknown) with an age range of under 1 to 69. 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                               32                     156
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    York Region                           11                      54
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    Peel Region                            7                      47
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    Halton                                 6                      44
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    City of Ottawa                                                13
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    Durham Region                          1                      11
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    Windsor Essex                                                  5
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    Simcoe Muskoka District                                        5
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    Hamilton                               1                       4
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    Sudbury and District                                           3
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    Waterloo Region                                                2
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph                                     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                                 58                     352
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    (*) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not reside
          in the province.
    

    QUOTES

    "I want to express my sympathy to the family at this difficult time.
Ontario's public health system continues to remain vigilant regarding any
cases of H1N1."
    - David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

    "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 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
(www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html).

    LEARN MORE

    For more information about H1N1 flu virus
(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=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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