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PRE-CAUTION! SWINE FLU HAS ARRIVED IN CANADA FROM MEXICO.
« on: April 26, 2009, 10:36:32 PM »


Six confirmed cases of swine flu in Canada - in B.C. and N.S. 
The Cape Breton Post


OTTAWA (CP) — Swine flu has entered Canada with a whimper but public-health authorities warn that a half-dozen mild cases reported in Nova Scotia and British Columbia could give way to a more serious outbreak.
All the Canadian illnesses are linked to Mexican travel, although the cases announced Sunday have been so innocuous that none of the patients in Nova Scotia or B.C. even required hospitalization.
That doesn’t mean the bug will remain mild, federal authorities warned as they cast a wary glance at the scores of deaths in Mexico caused by the virus.
Federal officials said they have already begun discussions with drug companies about producing a new vaccine, amid fears that existing treatments would fail to resist the virus.
David Butler-Jones, the chief public health officer for the federal government, noted that the first patients may have had mild flu symptoms but he cautioned against complacency.
“It doesn’t mean we won’t see either more severe illness or, potentially, deaths,” he said.
“There’s many reasons to treat this seriously. No one should lull themselves into thinking that everything’s just fine because it’s a relatively mild disease.”
Canadian government scientists helped identify the virus. Their Mexican counterparts contacted them by email with concerns on April 17 and they conducted tests at Winnipeg’s national microbiology lab.
Fears of a pandemic quickly rippled across the globe. There were 20 cases reported in the U.S. in states ranging from California to New York; there were 10 suspected positive tests in New Zealand from students who recently went to Mexico; Russia even banned meat imports from Mexico, although health experts say it’s unlikely the virus would be transmitted through food.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she’s been in touch with her provincial counterparts and has ordered the Public Health Agency of Canada to alert border authorities, quarantine officers and other officials.
Customs agents at airports are on the lookout for anyone with flu-like symptoms and have already pulled aside two arriving passengers and sent them to be examined.
Air Canada and Westjet both announced Sunday they would waive fees for anyone seeking to change their Mexican flight plans between now and April 30.
For the time being, however, Aglukkaq urged the general public to concentrate on “important but very simple precautions.”
They include the standard advice for people to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze and stay home and avoid contact with others if they feel ill.
The minister also advised anyone who has recently visited Mexico and developed flu-like symptoms to see a doctor without delay.
In Vancouver, Dr. Danuta Skowronski, of B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control, told reporters that so far there is no sign in Canada of the severe respiratory illness that Mexico has been grappling with.
Skowronski said the two people on the B.C. Lower Mainland who have contracted the flu have been asked to “self-isolate” but have not been quarantined.
Twenty-one people at a private school in rural Nova Scotia were placed in quarantine after a trip to Mexico, which included a cultural and music exchange in the southern Yucatan Peninsula.
Four teenagers at King’s-Edgehill School were diagnosed as some of Canada’s first swine-flu patients. The children reported fatigue, muscle aches and coughing, but nothing out of the ordinary for a flu-sufferer.
Only one of those sick students had actually been to Mexico. The school placed the 17 children in its medical facility, while two teachers joined them there and two other teachers were forced to remain home.
Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer said the four “very mild” cases of swine flu were detected in students ranging in age from 12 to 17 or 18. All are recovering, he said.
“It was acquired in Mexico, brought home and spread,” said Dr. Robert Strang.
Because swine flu is so new, most laboratories don’t have tests to identify them, and they show up as untypeable influenza A when tests are run.  25/04/09 

ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTONARY MEASURES WHEN
CARING FOR CHILDREN WHO MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH A PERSON WHO HAS VISITED MEXICO.  DO NOT BE SHY & 'ASK' YOUR ATTENDING FAMILIES IF THEY OR HAVE THEY ANY OTHER RELATIVES WHO MAY HAVE VISITED MEXICO RECENTLY?

BE ESPECIALLY DILAGENT IF YOU HAVE ANY FAMILIES WHO OPERATE A LARGE ANIMAL FARM
&/OR WHO MAY BE INVOLVED IN VETERINARIAN WORK, OR AGAIN... WHO MAY HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM MEXICO. 

THIS DISEASE HAS MUTATED FROM ANIMALS ( PIGS/SWINE) & NOW PASSED EASILY TO HUMANS. SELF-QUARINTINE IS NECESSARY BY ALL OF US IF ANY FLU OR ILLNESS LIKE FLU OCCUR!  BE DILEGANT & ASK ANY SICK CHILDREN'S PARENTS TO ASSIST YOU BY RETURNING TO THE DAYCARE TO PICK-UP THEIR CHILDREN IF ANY TYPE OF FLU SYMTOMS ARISE!

WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR DUTIES TO LESSEN THE WRATH OF PERHAPS ANOTHER WORLD PANDEMIC!

I USE GLOVES WHEN CHANGING DIAPERS, ALL THE TIME; NOT JUST DURING TIMES LIKE NOW FOR FOOD SAFETY AND FOR REASONS LIKE THIS; AS THEY ARISE! 
I ALSO, STILL WASH MY HANDS AFTERWORDS... EVEN WHEN GLOVE IS WORN!

I WEAR ONE non-LATEX ON MY RIGHT HAND ONLY & USE THAT HAND TO DISCARD DIAPER.
(ON THE WIPING HAND) WHEN CHANGING SO MANY DIFFERENT CHILDREN'S DIAPERS EACH DAY.

I INCORPORATED THIS IMPROVED HYGIENE PRACTISE ONLY ABOUT 2 YRS WITH GREAT SUCCESS AND MY FAMILIES WERE ALSO PLEASED I SPEND THE EXTRA;
IN ORDER TO ENSURE NO NEEDLESS TRANSFER OF GERMS TAKES PLACE! 

TIP: ONE USE, PER GLOVE, PER CHILD!

NON-LATEX GLOVES MAY BE PURCHASED AT WALMART FOR $5.99 + TAX & ARE IN
PKGS. OF 100.  MAY I ADD TOO, 100 GLOVES LAST FOR 200 DIAPER CHANGES!...
AS YOU ONLY NEED ONE HAND FOR THE JOB!
THE OTHER HAND IS LEFT UN-GLOVED TO GENTLY HOLD &/OR SOOTH THE CHILD.

SPECIAL MASKS MAY EVEN BE WORN IN INSTANCES OF A NON DETERMINABLE COUGHS; SUCH AS  WAS THE CHOICE OF EMPLOYEES/STAFF AT PEIRSON-INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TODAY!
STAFF HAS CHOSEN TO 'EXERCISE THEIR CHOICE' WHILE ASSISTING ALL RETURNING PASSENGERS ON PLANES LANDED IN TORONTO,CANADA, FROM MEXICO. 
*86 deaths in Mexico & 6 cases in Canada as of April 25, 2009.

SOUND ADVICE FOR US ALL!
 ...AS IT IS FAR BETTER TO BE SAFE!
 ...THAN IT IS TO BE COMPLACENT!


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Re: PRE-CAUTION! SWINE FLU HAS ARRIVED IN CANADA FROM MEXICO.
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 10:39:30 PM »
3 cases are reported in Toronto and Vancouver. Also one death has occurred outside of Mexico (in the US).

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Re: PRE-CAUTION! SWINE FLU HAS ARRIVED IN CANADA FROM MEXICO.
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 12:07:54 AM »
If you you're getting mixed messages about the severity of the swine flu virus, you're not alone — scientists are still perplexed as well, explains one of Canada's leading medical experts.

And the death of a single child in the U.S. who was visiting from Mexico, given the relatively low number of North Americans infected, just makes the equation that much more complicated says Brian Ward, a professor at McGill University's Centre for the Study of Host Resistance in Montreal.

"Everyone is hedging their bets," he tells Sun Media. "It could be a remarkably benign virus, but we just don't know."

The younger than expected age of the Mexican fatalities is one of the outstanding questions, with researchers wondering if older victims were lost in the counting, and whether the virus sets off a deadly overreaction in the healthy immune system.

"There is this little alarm bell....why is it mostly young, healthy adults?" Ward wonders.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/canada/2009/04/29/9295656-sun.html

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Re: PRE-CAUTION! SWINE FLU HAS ARRIVED IN CANADA FROM MEXICO.
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009, 01:27:22 PM »
A Vernon elementary school was closed Thursday after one of its students was diagnosed with one of the five new cases of H1N1 Mexican flu reported in B.C.

The total number of cases of the disease in B.C. stood at 11 — none of them severe — yesterday afternoon, but that number is expected to rise, said a spokeswoman for the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. After Ministry of Education officials made the decision to close Beairsto Elementary School for the next week, the society that operates a large daycare where some Beairsto students go for after-school programs followed suit.

“It’s frightening,” Michele Tepper said of the closing of West Vernon Child Care Centre, a converted school. “I’m worried about my daughter being there. There’s quite a few kids [from Beairsto] that go to the after-school program at the daycare centre,” said Tepper.

She estimated 200-to-300 children attend the centre, which offers programs for children aged six months to 12 years old.

The Beairsto student is the first case of H1N1, as the virus is now being called, to show up in the Okanagan. Beairsto Elementary will be closed until May 8.

“The student is experiencing a mild case and is at home recovering well,” the health ministry said.

Travel to Mexico remains the main cause of H1N1 infection.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Vernon+school+closed+spreads/1551132/story.html

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Re: PRE-CAUTION! SWINE FLU HAS ARRIVED IN CANADA FROM MEXICO.
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009, 03:00:06 PM »
For more information about the swine flu and to look up information in your province:

http://fightflu.ca/index-eng.html

http://fightflu.ca/province_territory-eng.html

 

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