News Release - May 7, 2009
SASKATCHEWAN CONFIRMS TWO HUMAN CASES OF H1N1 FLU VIRUS
Two cases of human H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in Saskatchewan.
A teenager in the Saskatoon Health Region has recovered from mild influenza symptoms. She did not require hospitalization. She and her family had vacationed in Mexico.
In the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, a woman in her twenties returned from Mexico with mild influenza symptoms. She was not hospitalized and has since fully recovered.
"Positive results have been reported in most Canadian provinces and was expected here," Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Moira McKinnon said. "These cases are mild, similar to most recent cases identified in Canada. It does not change the situation for Saskatchewan; we are continuing our surveillance of possible H1N1 flu cases and we continue to emphasize simple steps people can take to keep themselves healthy."
People are reminded that hand washing is the single most important way to avoid getting the flu. Coughing and sneezing into the arm will also help to reduce the spread of infection. People with mild flu-like symptoms should stay at home and avoid public places until they have recovered.
Public Health officials are being vigilant to ensure the health and safety of Saskatchewan residents is being protected.
Information for schools, health providers, employers and the public is on the Ministry of Health website at www.health.gov.sk.ca/influenza-monitor and is updated regularly.
People with questions or concerns are encouraged to call HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002.
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