Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

May 03, 2009 17:54 ET

Federal Government Updates Numbers, Provides Advice to Schools, Caregivers Regarding H1N1 Flu Virus

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2009) - Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and the Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones, today confirmed 16 new cases of H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total number of laboratory confirmed cases in Canada to 101.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also today released guidelines regarding the H1N1 flu virus for schools and daycare centres and for those caring for the sick at home.

"We continue to work with our partners in Canada and internationally to monitor this situation and provide appropriate public health advice to address the situation here in Canada," said Minister Aglukkaq.

Given the mild nature of the illness experienced by those affected by HINI flu virus in Canada, the interim guidelines do not recommend the closure of schools and day care centres at this time. This recommendation applies to all facilities even if a confirmed case of H1N1 flu virus is identified.

"Right now, we don't consider school closures to be necessary," said Dr. Butler-Jones. "What is important, is for schools and daycares to be promoting good infection prevention measures - like simple handwashing."

Guidelines are available on the Public Health Agency of Canada website for people caring for individuals recovering from H1N1 infection. They provide tips on how to prevent spread of infection and how to help an individual get back to good health.

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