Province-wide study helps Ontario manage the H1N1 'swine' flu virus



    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and
Promotion (OAHPP) is launching a landmark province-wide study of the H1N1
'swine' flu virus - an infection that has made thousands of people around the
world sick this year.
    The study will determine risk factors for infection by the pandemic H1N1
flu virus, and will help to estimate how many people are likely to get sick
from the virus in the future. This information has important implications for
infection control, vaccination policies and future epidemiological research
relating to the flu virus.
    OAHPP is seeking volunteers who live in Ontario and who are 18 years of
age or older to participate. Participants in the study will be asked to
complete an online questionnaire and provide blood samples at a local
laboratory. Some participants will also be asked to provide saliva samples for
testing.
    All volunteers will be given their test results. Having antibodies to the
H1N1 'swine' flu virus may mean that a person has some protection against the
virus and is less likely to become infected again.
    Those who are interested can visit http://h1n1study.oahpp.ca for more
information or to register.

    About the OAHPP:

    The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion is an arm's-length
government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all
Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, OAHPP
links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers
to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.
    OAHPP provides expert scientific and technical support relating to
infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health
promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and
occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health
laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and
partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to
improve the health and security of Ontarians. For more information about
OAHPP, visit www.oahpp.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Helen Simeon, Director, Communications,
helen.simeon@oahpp.ca, (647) 260-7246

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