Region of Peel
The Region of Peel delivers a wide range of programs and services to more than one million citizens every day. This includes ambulance services, public health, long-term care, child care, waste collection, recycling and disposal, water and wastewater services, Regional road construction and maintenance, social assistance and affordable rental housing. Regional Headquarters are located at 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON. Phone Number: 905-791-7800.
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Brampton - Peel Region's Public Health department received confirmation of the first case of human swine flu in Peel from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care this morning.
"We've learned that our first case is experiencing mild symptoms of the disease, has not been hospitalized and is recovering at home," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel.
The Region of Peel is strongly encouraging residents to practice good hygiene to decrease the likelihood of spreading flu and other infections.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home from work or school and limit contact with others if you get sick.
- See your local health care provider or contact TeleHealth at 1-866-797-0000 if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, making sure you mention your travel history.
"We have been planning for this type of situation for many years and we learned a lot more from SARS so that today we are ready to ensure the safety and well-being of Peel residents," said de Villa.
The Region will continue to monitor the situation closely. To date, Peel Public Health has implemented its urgent response plan; is in daily contact with key ministry, health care providers and agencies; and is providing direction on preventive measures to be taken.
For more information visit our regularly updated website http://www.peelregion.ca/.