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143 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario

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143 New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, says there are 143 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 495.

Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. One person with a chronic pre-existing medical condition died on May 23. It's not yet clear what role the H1N1 virus played in the fatality which is under investigation by the Office of the Chief Coroner. Six people who have the H1N1 flu virus were in hospital as of May 26, 2009, a number of whom have underlying medical conditions.

The Ontario cases involve 246 males and 248 females (the gender of one case is unknown) with an age range of <1 to 80. The breakdown by health unit is as follows:

Health Unit

New Confirmed Cases

Total Confirmed Cases

Toronto

81

237

Peel Region

25

72

York Region

13

67

Halton

15

59

City of Ottawa

3

16

Durham Region

5

16

Simcoe Muskoka District

1

6

Windsor Essex

5

Hamilton

4

Sudbury and District

3

Waterloo Region

2

Wellington Dufferin Guelph

2

Oxford County

1

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

1

Middlesex-London

1

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

1

Out of province (*)

2

TOTAL

143

495

(*) - Visitors who were tested and confirmed in Ontario but do not reside in the province.

Quick Facts

  • Symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus are similar to seasonal influenza (flu) including, 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 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.

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“The large increase in cases is due to enhanced surveillance, increased laboratory testing capacity and the processing of a backlog of tests conducted on the weekend by public health units”

Dr. David Williams

Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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