H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update May 12

first_imgCases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. Seven additional cases were confirmed today, May 12. The seven cases are located within the Capital District Health Authority. One is linked to the original cluster in Windsor, and six are still under investigation. Of the new cases, two started having symptoms within the last seven days. The remaining five were identified either during re-tests for the original samples or the testing of an additional sample as part of standard lab practice. All cases are mild, and those affected are recovered or recovering. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms and have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with H1N1, they should stay home for seven days from the start of symptoms and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 64. A toll-free information line is operational from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily. The number is 1-888-451-4222. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

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