H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update May 7

first_imgNo new cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) were confirmed in the province today, May 7. Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for Nova Scotia, said this does not mean the outbreak is over or contained. “As we’ve said all along, we still expect to see more cases in more locations,” Dr. Strang said. “The public health system will remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation across the province.” Individuals are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing your hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into your sleeves, staying away from public areas if you are sick and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 remains at 53. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. A toll-free information line is operational from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily. The number is 1-888-451-4222. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca .last_img

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