Seven New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) In Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ -


    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are seven new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 56.
    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.
    The Ontario cases involve 25 males and 30 females (further information
still pending from one other case) with an age range of 3 to 52. 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                          3                           15
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    York Region                      2                           11
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    Durham Region                    0                            7
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    Peel Region                      1                            7
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    Windsor Essex                    0                            5
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    Sudbury and District             1                            3
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    Simcoe Muskoka District          0                            2
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    Halton                           0                            2
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    City of Ottawa                   0                            2
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    Oxford County                    0                            1
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    Middlesex-London                 0                            1
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    TOTAL                            7                           56
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    QUOTES

    "Due to the intensity of our surveillance efforts and our increased
    laboratory testing capabilities we expect to identify more cases.
    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.
   
(<a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html">http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.h</a>
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    LEARN MORE

    For more information about human swine flu.
   
(<a herf="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html">http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.h</a>
<a herf="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html">tml</a>)

    To learn more about hand washing.
   
(<a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/handwashing_mn.html">http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/hand</a>
<a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/handwashing_mn.html">washing_mn.html</a>)

    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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