Brampton - Peel Region has confirmed three new instances of H1N1 Influenza, bringing its total number of cases to six. The increase of the H1N1 influenza virus cases in Peel, as in the rest of Canada, is partially a result of increased public awareness and testing.
Like the previous cases in Peel, these three additional cases are mild and have recovered or are currently recovering at home.
"As we follow what has happened in other countries, we expect we will see more cases and we are prepared to respond to them," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel.
While Peel is still investigating its cases, Dr. de Villa confirmed that some cases did not involve travel to Mexico.
"What we are seeing is that this virus appears to be spreading like the seasonal flu from person to person," explained Dr. de Villa. "While Peel's cases to date are mild, it is still important for people to follow good basic hygiene practices to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the virus."
Peel Health officials remind residents to protect themselves and others from contracting the flu by practising some basic measures.
- 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.
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