All Cases Are Mild And Recovering At Home
TORONTO, May 2 /CNW/ -
Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are two new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing to 14 the total number of cases in Ontario.
Laboratory testing has confirmed that the H1N1 flu virus is the same as
the one in Mexico and the United States. One of the new cases is the result of
person-to-person transmission. The individual acquired the illness from a
roommate who travelled to Mexico.
The two new cases are in York (1) and Toronto (1).
All of the cases to date are considered mild and the individuals are
recovering at home.
With the World Health Organization at pandemic alert level Phase 5,
Ontario is providing:
- Enhanced communication to ensure the health care system and the
general public are aware of the current situation and actions they
should be taking
- Continued monitoring of flu-like illness
- Direction to local authorities to begin activating local pandemic
- Coordinated activities in its Emergency Operations Centre. The centre
is supported by a scientific response team, with experts drawn from
the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, to provide Dr.
Williams and other ministry officials with technical and scientific
Ontario is working very closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada,
and all provinces and territories.
The breakdown of the Ontario cases is as follows:
- Five men and nine women
- Three are in York, six are in Durham, one is in Peel and four are in
- The age range of the cases is 21 - 40
- People returning from Mexico who have symptoms of respiratory illness
should contact their health care provider or call TeleHealth Ontario
- For general information on the human swine flu, call the
ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-800-476-9708.
For more information about human swine flu
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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