June 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A third confirmed case of the H1N1 virus in New Brunswick was confirmed today by the Department of Health. Back in May, at the height of public interest in the outbreak, Dr. Eilish Cleary, the province's chief medical officer of health, said additional cases could be expected.
"Last night, we received confirmation that a 20-year-old female from the Moncton area has the H1N1 flu virus," said Cleary. "The patient had recently returned from a trip to the United States. We remind New Brunswickers to continue to use preventative measures to help reduce the spread of the flu."
This means washing hands thoroughly and often, and coughing or sneezing into sleeves.
If people have influenza-like symptoms, they should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician, a walk-in clinic, or the nearest hospital emergency department.
People who are at high risk of complications from influenza-like illness should seek medical attention promptly. This would include pregnant women, people with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, or those with compromised immune systems.
New Brunswickers are reminded that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in activities and to socialize if they do not have influenza-like symptoms.
The three cases confirmed in New Brunswick since the outbreak began on April 26 have not required hospitalization; those affected are recovered or recovering.
For more information on the H1N1 virus, call the 24-hour telephone line at 1-800-580-0038 or visit www.gnb.ca/flu.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org; Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.