May 1, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - There is one confirmed case of H1N1 flu virus (human swine influenza) in the province. Dr. Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, confirmed the case in a news conference this morning.
Laboratory testing at the Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in Moncton and at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg has confirmed that the H1N1 flu virus in New Brunswick is the same as the one in Mexico and the United States.
The case is female, in her 20s, in zone 1 (in the southeastern part of the province). No hospitalization was necessary, and the case is considered mild. The individual recently travelled to Mexico.
The Department of Health continues to monitor the situation closely. It is making all necessary preparations in the event of a pandemic along with other provincial and territorial public health agencies and the Public Health Agency of Canada, which is working with its international partners.
Cleary said her advice to New Brunswickers remains the same.
"If you are sick enough to see your doctor, and you have just returned to New Brunswick from Mexico or the United States, mention your travel history to your doctor," Cleary said. "Your doctor will determine if you need to be tested. If you have just returned from Mexico or the United States but are not sick enough to see your doctor, do not visit your health-care facility simply because you have been travelling."
Cleary is advising New Brunswickers to take routine precautions. Routine hygiene practices, such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill, can help to reduce transmission of most viruses, including H1N1 flu virus.
Cleary said the Department of Health will hold regular media updates, Monday to Friday, at 12:30 p.m. Atlantic time, about the status of H1N1 flu virus in the province.
For more information about H1N1 flu virus prevention, visit http://www.gnb.ca/Promos/Flu/index-e.asp.
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Carrière, communications, Department of Health, 506-476-6518.