April 25, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Department of Health asks the assistance of media outlets in distributing the following message to the public:
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Health has been monitoring the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, California and Texas since Monday, April 20.
On Friday, April 24, the Public Health Agency of Canada, working with Mexican health officials, determined that a high proportion of the cases of severe respiratory illness in Mexico is being caused by the same strain of human swine influenza reported in California and Texas.
To date, there have not been any confirmed cases of human swine influenza linked to the cases in Mexico or the United States in New Brunswick or anywhere in Canada.
The Department of Health, in concert with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other provincial and territorial public health agencies, is closely monitoring the situation and is making all necessary preparations. This monitoring includes watching for potential cases of swine flu in Canadian travellers returning from Mexico.
If you are sick enough to see your doctor, and you have just returned to New Brunswick from Mexico or the southern United States, mention your travel history to your doctor. Your doctor will determine if you need to be tested.
If you have just returned from Mexico or the southern United States but are not sick enough to see your doctor, do not visit your health-care facility simply because you have been travelling.
The chief medical officer of health is not asking New Brunswickers to avoid travel to these areas at this time; they only need to take routine precautions. General hygienic practices, such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill, may reduce transmission of most viruses, including the human swine influenza.
The Department of Health is continuing to work closely with its partners and will issue public updates as they become available and / or necessary.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.