Six new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus in Ontario



    TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are six new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total
number of cases in Ontario to 119.
    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 reported to date are
considered mild.
    The Ontario cases involve 62 males and 57 females with an age range of 1
to 62. 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                          37
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    York Region                     1                          21
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    Peel Region                                                16
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    Halton                                                     11
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    Durham Region                   1                           8
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    City of Ottawa                  1                           7
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    Windsor Essex                                               5
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    Sudbury and District                                        3
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    Hamilton                                                    2
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    Simcoe Muskoka District                                     2
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    Waterloo Region                                             2
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    Wellington Dufferin Guelph                                  1
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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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    TOTAL                           6                         119
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    QUOTES

    "Through heightened surveillance and our increased laboratory testing, we
are seeing substantial numbers of seasonal flu cases in addition to the H1N1
flu virus. Ontarians should continue to protect themselves and those around
them by washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve,
cleaning common surfaces and staying at home if they'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 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, 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=322f9ab606acfad)

    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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