Brampton - Peel Region's Public Health department received confirmation of a second case of H1N1 Influenza A in Peel from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
"Both cases in Peel are mild and recovering at home," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel.
The cases of H1N1 flu virus currently in Canada are similar to the regular seasonal flu. There is no need for extra precautions such as wearing masks or avoiding properly cooked pork products. The use of antiviral medication to treat H1N1 flu virus should be limited and only on the recommendation of a doctor.
"If you are feeling ill, the most important thing is to stay home from work or school and consult with your local health-care provider or TeleHealth," said Dr. de Villa. "For people who are not sick, the best way to protect yourself is to practise good hygiene and call TeleHealth with any concerns instead of going to the hospital which will only add to emergency room wait times."
Dr. de Villa reaffirmed that the Region of Peel has a well developed Pandemic Influenza Plan and reminded people of some basic measures they can do to protect themselves and others from contracting the flu.
- 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.
To date, Peel Public Health has implemented its urgent response plan; is in daily contact with key health-care partners and agencies; and is providing direction on preventive measures to be taken. The Region will continue to monitor the situation closely.
For more information, visit our regularly updated website http://www.peelregion.ca/.