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Six New Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu Virus In Ontario

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Six 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 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:

Health Unit

New Confirmed Cases

Total Confirmed Cases

Toronto

3

37

York Region

1

21

Peel Region

16

Halton

11

Durham Region

1

8

City of Ottawa

1

7

Windsor Essex

5

Sudbury and District

3

Hamilton

2

Simcoe Muskoka District

2

Waterloo Region

2

Wellington Dufferin Guelph

1

Oxford County

1

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

1

Middlesex-London

1

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

1

TOTAL

6

119


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.

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“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

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