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

    All Cases Are Mild And Recovering At Home

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ -


    Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health,
says there are four new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu),
bringing to 12 the total number of cases in Ontario.
    All cases involved travel to Mexico. Laboratory testing has confirmed
that this H1N1 flu virus is the same as the one in Mexico and the United
    The new cases include two in Toronto and two in Durham Region.
    All of the new cases are considered mild and the individuals are
recovering at home.
    With the World Health Organization at pandemic alert level to 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
    -  Enhanced monitoring of flu-like illness
    -  Enhanced direction to local authorities to begin activating local
       pandemic plans
    -  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 advice.

    Ontario is working very closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada,
and all provinces and territories.


    "We expect that there will be more cases of the H1N1 flu being confirmed
over the next few days. This will be due to the increased laboratory testing
capacity now available in Ontario. As during any flu season, the best way for
Ontarians to protect themselves and those around them is to wash hands
frequently, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and stay at home if you're
    - Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.


    -  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 human swine flu, call the
       ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-800-476-9708.


    For more information about H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu)

    To learn more about hand washing

    Read about public health initiatives
    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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