THUNDER BAY, ---- October 24, 2009 - There have been four new cases of the H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in the Thunder Bay District. The cases involved two young children from the Thunder Bay area, and a child and an adult from outlying communities. All have recovered. This count only reflects those cases that have been tested and confirmed positive. H1N1is the predominant flu strain this flu season in Ontario, and testing is not being routinely done for most flu cases.
H1N1 Confirmed Case Summary at October 23, 2009 (cumulative for 2009):
- Thunder Bay District, 18 cases
- Ontario = 387 hospitalized cases, 28 deaths
- Canada = 1541 hospitalized cases, 86 deaths
- There has also been an increase of influenza-like-illness in some hospitals in our district.
US President Obama has declared swine flu a national emergency Saturday. American Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the flu, known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity.
Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centres at schools or community centres if hospitals seek permission.
Some hospitals have opened drive-thrus and drive-up tent clinics to screen and treat swine flu patients. The idea is to keep infectious people out of regular emergency rooms and away from other sick patients.
"Many millions" of Americans have had swine flu so far, according to an estimate that CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden gave Friday.