Federal Government Updates Case Numbers on H1N1 Flu Virus

May 5, 2009
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA – Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and the Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones, today confirmed 25 new cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total number of laboratory confirmed cases in Canada to 165.”The Government of Canada continues to take action on a number of fronts to protect Canadians,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “I ask Canadians to continue taking the recommended precautions to avoid getting ill.”

Today’s case count includes new cases reported by British Columbia (7), Alberta (2), Ontario (5), Quebec (1) and Nova Scotia (10).

“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Dr. Butler-Jones. “We continue to work around the clock with our partners across Canada and internationally to slow the spread of this virus.”

For the latest information on H1N1 flu virus, visit www.fightflu.ca .

Steps to take to reduce the chances of becoming infected from H1N1 flu virus:

o Wash your hands often and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.
o Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand
o Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
o Stay home if you’re sick, unless directed to seek medical care

Flu-like symptoms include;
o Fever;
o Cough;
o Runny nose;
o Sore throat;
o Body aches;
o Fatigue; and
o Lack of appetite.

Media Inquiries:
Public Health Agency of Canada
Media Relations
(613) 941-8189

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