Swine Flu: Information Update

April 29, 2009, 3:24 PM EST


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On April 21, 2009, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced an outbreak regarding a number of individuals with severe respiratory illness (SRI) occurring in various locations of south and central Mexico. This outbreak was identified as Swine Flu.

For an up-to-date listing of confirmed Swine Flu cases in Canada click here.

The clinical symptoms include high fever, headache, ocular pain, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. Rapid progression of symptoms to severe respiratory distress occurred in about 5 days.

On April 30, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) moved the Mexican Swine Flu outbreak to Phase 5 (of 6) to indicate human-to-human transmission and the outbreak has been confirmed in more than two geographical regions. CAW members work in a number of economic sectors where they are regularly dealing with the public including health care, transportation and retail.

To find out more about Swine Flu, its symptoms and precautions against this flu please read below.

For updates on the Mexican Swine Flu outbreak in Ontario click here to check the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion website . This site also links to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).   

The Ministry of Health has released an Important Health Notice which describes symptoms of the illness, screening questions to use in hospital emergency departments and precautions for healthcare workers to take.

If cases of SRI are discovered in Ontario, healthcare workers providing direct care (in the same room or in close contact) to SRI patients are advised to wear properly fit-tested N-95 respirators. All other healthcare workers are to follow Routine Practices.
 
Swine Flue site for Ontario which contains a running total of confirmed cases in Ontario:  
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/updates/archives/hu_09/swine_flu.html

For information on Swine Flu from Government of Canada:
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/swine_200904-eng.php

For information on Swine Flu in Nova Scotia:
http://gov.ns.ca/news/smr/20090426001HPP.asp

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