Six New Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu Virus in Ontario



    All Cases Are Mild

    TORONTO, May 8 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are six new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 62.
    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 27 males and 34 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                      18
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    York Region                           1                      12
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    Durham Region                         0                       7
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    Peel Region                           0                       7
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    Windsor Essex                         0                       5
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    Sudbury and District                  0                       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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    Hastings and Prince Edward Counties   1                       1
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    Hamilton                              1                       1
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    TOTAL                                 6                      62
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    QUOTES

    "Due to the intensity of our surveillance efforts and our increased
laboratory testing capacity, 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
(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.

    
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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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