Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

September 01, 2009 19:50 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE/Media Advisory/Severe H1N1 Disease: Preventing Cases; Reducing Mortality

Please note: This document corrects and replaces the previous advisory disseminated today at 12:34 pm ET

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - The Public Health Agency of Canada is hosting a meeting to bring together national and international intensive care (ICU) specialists, public health officials, infection control practitioners, and other medical health experts to discuss the clinical care and management of severe H1N1 disease and to prepare for the anticipated fall pandemic wave.

While the conference is closed to media, there will be two media availability opportunities. Please arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in. Please report to the media registration desk on the first floor upon arrival.

Date: September 2nd and 3rd, 2009

Location: The Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Media Opportunities:

1) Opening Remarks Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. CT

Midway Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg Manitoba

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, federal Minister of Health, along with Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer for Canada, will be providing the context for the meeting and setting the direction for the work to be undertaken. For media not able to attend in person, a teleconference line will be available. Please note that this call will be "listen-only" for the media.

North American Dial-In #: 1-888-265-0464

Int'l Dial-In #: (613) 954 - 4096

Conference ID #: 27713111

Live Webcast: http://www.maxdigital.ca/phacwebcast/index_e.htm

2) Update on the H1N1 flu virus Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 8:45 a.m. CT

Wellington Room, 1st Floor, Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg Manitoba

Following the conclusion of opening remarks, the Minister and Dr. Butler-Jones will be joined by Dr. Danielle Grondin, Assistant Deputy Minister, Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness at the Public Health Agency of Canada, to provide an update on the H1N1 flu virus and answer questions from the media (both on-site and from the conference call).

North American Dial-In #: 1-888-265-0464

Int'l Dial-In #: (613) 954 - 4096

Conference ID #: 28155606

Live Webcast (audio only): http://www.maxdigital.ca/phacaudiocast/index_e.htm

3) Technical Briefing Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm CT

Wellington Room, 1st Floor, Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg Manitoba

Dr. David Butler-Jones, Dr. Frank Plummer, Scientific Director General of the National Microbiology Laboratory, and Dr. Howard Njoo, Director General, Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness at the Public Health Agency of Canada, will be available toward the end of the two-day meeting to brief media on developments and outcomes of the meeting and respond to questions.

For media not able to attend in person, a teleconference line will be available both to listen and ask questions.

North American Dial-In #: 1-888-265-0464

Int'l Dial-In #: (613) 954 - 4096

Conference ID #: 27753921

Live Webcast (audio only): http://www.maxdigital.ca/phacaudiocast/index_e.htm

On-Site Details:

Reporters planning to travel to Winnipeg for these events will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, including hotel reservations, and any associated costs. A room for use by media will be available. Public Health Agency of Canada representatives will be on site to provide assistance.

Accreditation:

All members of the media and associated personnel participating on-site must be accredited by the Public Health Agency of Canada on arrival.

Accreditation is reserved for members of the press - print, radio, TV, and news services. Freelancers must provide an assignment letter from an appropriate media outlet.

To obtain accreditation, present the following to PHAC personnel on-site:

a valid press card or media outlet ID

OR

a letter of assignment on company letterhead AND photo identification

Regular updates on H1N1 flu virus are available on our website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/swine_200904-eng.php

Subscribe to our RSS feed for journalists on H1N1 influenza A at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rss/index-eng.php

Contact Information

  • Public Health Agency of Canada
    Media Relations
    613-941-8189