Human Swine Influenza Update April 29

first_imgNOTE TO EDITORS: A media line has been established and will be monitored daily, including weekends, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This will help to better manage calls and expedite our response to media. The number is 902-424-0499. As of today, April 29, no new confirmed cases of human swine influenza have been reported. To date, four cases have been confirmed in Windsor, Hants Co. It is important to remember that daily activities should continue as normal. It is safe to go to school, work and socialize, as long as you do not have any symptoms. Cases in Nova Scotia have been mild, and we are not seeing severe cases like those being experienced in Mexico. We expect to see more cases. As with regular influenza, once those numbers increase, it is normal to see more severe cases and even deaths. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection will continue its surveillance efforts across the province using established public health practices and protocols. Any additional cases which arise will also be thoroughly investigated. Nova Scotians should know the Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a travel health warning for Mexico. Canadians are advised to postpone non-essential travel to Mexico until further notice. Those who have to go, and have not received a flu shot, are advised to get one. If you have traveled recently to an area affected by human swine influenza, like Mexico, and have influenza-like symptoms, you should stay home from work, school, public places and avoid social settings. Like any illness, should your symptoms worsen visit your doctor or a walk-in clinic. Avoid close contact with others for seven days after your symptoms started, as this is the time when the illness can be spread to others. -30-last_img read more