Health

Six more cases of H1N1 flu virus confirmed in New Brunswick (09\07\07)

NB 964

July 7, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Six more cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed in New Brunswick, the Department of Health announced today.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eilish Cleary said back in May, at the height of public interest in the outbreak, that additional cases were to be expected. The provincial case count totalled 10 at the end of last week.

"Late yesterday, we received confirmation that a Fredericton-area man in his 20s; a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s, both from northern New Brunswick; and a woman in her 20s, another in her 30s, and a man in his 40s, all from the Moncton area, have the H1N1 flu virus," said Dr. Paul Van Buynder, deputy chief medical officer of health. "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 16. No cases reported prior to today have required hospitalization, and those affected were recovered or recovering. Information on the severity of these six new cases is expected later this week.

More information on the H1N1 virus may be found online, or by calling the 24-hour H1N1 line at 1-800-580-0038.

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MEDIA CONTACT: flumedia@gnb.ca; Kathy Densmore, Department of Health, 506-453-2536..

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