June 25, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Five more cases of the H1N1 virus in New Brunswick were confirmed today by the Department of Health. In May, at the height of public interest in the outbreak, Dr. Eilish Cleary, the province's chief medical officer of health, said that additional cases could be expected. A fourth case was reported on Tuesday.
"Late yesterday, we received confirmation that a woman in her 50s from the Moncton area has the H1N1 flu virus," said Cleary. "This morning, we received confirmation of four additional cases. We remind New Brunswickers to continue to use preventative measures to help reduce the spread of the flu."
That 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.
It is important for New Brunswickers to understand 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 total number of cases reported in New Brunswick since the outbreak began on April 26 is now nine. All cases have not required hospitalization; those affected have recovered or are recovering.
For more information, call the 24-hour H1N1 telephone line, 1-800-580-0038, or visit www.gnb.ca/flu.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com; Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.