H1N1 flu virus update (09/09/24)
Sept. 24, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following update on the H1N1 flu virus has been issued on Thursday, Sept. 24, by the New
Brunswick Health Emergency Operations Centre:
- There are a number of ways that H1N1 could affect the province, and the Government of New Brunswick is committed to being prepared for any eventuality. The province has
been planning for a flu pandemic for several years, and it has a comprehensive system in place to address a pandemic situation.
- The pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza is being closely monitored, and all necessary preparations are being made by staff at the Department of Health, under the direction of the
New Brunswick Health Emergency Operations Centre. The department began taking intensive action to protect New Brunswickers when the outbreak began last spring.
- These preparations are being carried out in collaboration with other provincial and territorial public health agencies and the Public Health Agency of Canada, which is working
with its international partners.
- Beginning soon after the outbreak, the Department of Health took additional measures to reduce the risk that H1N1 influenza poses to New Brunswickers' health and wellness.
- Some of these measures include: enhancement of surveillance in New Brunswick; preparation of guidelines to assist the Regional Health Authorities and other organizations
with their response to an outbreak; investing in the provincial lab based at the Dr Georges-L Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton; activation of the Department of Health's
Emergency Operations Centre; and engagement with the provincial Emergency Measures Organization to ensure that critical infrastructure is ready.
- New Brunswick has a comprehensive pandemic response plan that's similar to those of other provinces and territories, and which aligns with the national pandemic plan. We are
committed to transparency, and the entire plan will be made public in the coming weeks via www.gnb.ca/flu.
- As part of the plan, the Department of Health has been stockpiling necessary supplies, including personal protective equipment, antiviral medications and immunization supplies,
which are stored in a secure but accessible location.
- The Department of Health is continuing to work closely with its partners, and continues to issue public updates as they become available.
- New Brunswickers may be assured that pandemic plans are in place. We have the knowledge, the capacity, the partnerships, and the supplies. The province is ready.While activity has declined in the past couple of weeks, public health officials still expect to see more cases during the fall when the regular influenza season begins.New Brunswickers should continue to protect themselves and those around them by washing their hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, staying home if
sick, and keeping common surfaces clean.
- Persons at high risk of complications from influenza-like illness should seek medical attention promptly. Those at risk include pregnant women, people with underlying medical
conditions such as diabetes, or those with compromised immune systems.
- Persons with influenza-like symptoms should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, individuals should visit their
physician or nurse-practitioner, a walk-in clinic, or the nearest hospital emergency department.
- It is recommended that persons with influenza-like symptoms limit contact with other people, including other household members, until they are free of symptoms and are feeling
- Those experiencing influenza-like illness should consider ending self-isolation when they are able to participate fully in all of their normal daily activities.
- It is important for New Brunswickers to understand that if they do not have influenza-like symptoms it is safe to go to work and school, to participate in activities, and to
More information on the H1N1 flu virus may be found online, or by calling the 24-hour H1N1 line, 1-800-580-0038.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.