Health

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

NB 972

July 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three more cases of the H1N1 flu 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 is now 20; at the end of June, the total was 10.

"We received confirmation that two children - a boy and a girl - and a woman in her 40s, all from the Moncton area, have the H1N1 flu virus," said Dr. Paul Van Buynder, deputy chief medical officer of health. "New Brunswick continues to monitor both the national and international situation very closely. We are engaged in frequent contact and co-operation with our provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada and its international partners."

New Brunswickers are reminded 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.

People who have influenza-like symptoms 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.

These new cases, as with the majority of cases reported, have not required hospitalization, and those affected are recovered or recovering.

Case count totals for all provinces and territories may be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada's website. More information for New Brunswickers about the H1N1 virus may be found online, or by calling the 24-hour H1N1 flu virus line at 1-800-580-0038.

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MEDIA CONTACT: flumedia@gnb.ca; Danielle Phillips, Communications for H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.

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