May 4, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A second case of the H1N1 flu virus has been confirmed in New Brunswick. Dr. Eilish Cleary, the chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick, made this announcement today.
The person in question is a woman in her 40s who recently travelled to Mexico. The patient has recovered completely and is no longer contagious.
Meanwhile, an official from the Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture offered reassurances that the consumption of pork products remains safe despite recent announcements that the H1N1 flu virus had been identified in one Alberta swine operation.
Dr. Michael Maloney, chief veterinary officer for the province, said that the H1N1 flu virus is not transmitted through pork. He said people follow proper handling and cooking procedures to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses, as they would normally do.
"The bio-security protocols followed by pork producers in New Brunswick are very stringent, and consumers can feel confident in the safety of locally produced pork products," he said.
The Department of Health continues its close monitoring of the situation and is making all necessary preparations in the event of a pandemic. The department is working 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 New Brunswickers can expect to see more confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus. She advised, therefore, that New Brunswickers to take routine precautions.
"Routine hygiene practices, such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill, may help to reduce transmission of most viruses, including this strain of the H1N1 flu virus," she said. "If you are sick enough to see your doctor, and you have just returned to New Brunswick from Mexico or other H1N1 flu virus-affected areas, 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 United States but are not sick enough to see your doctor, do not visit your health-care facility simply because you have been travelling."
For more information on the H1N1 flu virus, in addition to tips on how to avoid it, visit www.gnb.ca/flu or call toll-free 1-800-580-0038.
MEDIA CONTACTS: firstname.lastname@example.org; Greg Carrière, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536; Paul Harpelle, communications, Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-470-0492.