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Information about Severe Respiratory Illness in Mexico

Severe respiratory illness cases have been reported in some cities in Mexico.  In addition, the United States has reported cases of swine flue in California and Texas. It is not clear whether the cases in Mexico and the United States are related. Currently, there are no cases reported in Canada. However, a few poeple who visited Mexico within the last two weeks are under investigation.

Download the attached Q&A for more info.

Toll-Free Information Line for H1N1

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HEALTH
SUBJECT: H1N1 FLU INFORMATION PHONE LINE
DATE: JUNE 17, 2009

First Nations and Inuit Health - Ontario Region has established a toll-free line that will address general enquiries about H1N1 from community members. The phone number will be answered from 9am to 6pm EST seven days a week. The number is:

First Nations H1N1 Flu Cases + FAQs

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: FIRST NATIONS H1N1 FLU CASES
DATE: JUNE 16, 2009

The H1N1 flu virus is widespread in Ontario and cases have now been reported on reserve. There is a concerted effort with the Public Health Agency of Canada, First Nation partners and the province to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response to these cases.

Poster: Know What to do to Fight the H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu)

Download the attached poster. (English and French)

Flu symptoms are: cough and fever, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and lack of appetite

Protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand
  • Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
  • Stay home if you're sick.

Contact a health care provider if your symptoms worsen

WHO Pandemic Declaration Communication

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARATION
DATE: JUNE 11, 2009

On June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic. This decision was due to growing evidence that the H1N1 virus is now easily being transmitted to and among humans, resulting in increased and sustained spread of the virus in the general population. The decision to move to Phase 6 was the result of increasing spread of the virus worldwide with sustained community level outbreaks. It should be noted that a pandemic has not been declared in Canada nor in the Province of Ontario.

H1N1 Cases and Severe Respiratory Illness in Manitoba

To: Ontario First Nation Communities

From: Health Canada, First Nations Inuit Health, Ontario Region

Subject: H1N1 Cases and Severe Respiratory Illness in Manitoba

Date: June 9, 2009

H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) - FACTS

UPDATED September 2009

The attached document answers these common questions about H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu)

Proper Handwashing Poster

Attached is a Proper Handwashing poster.  The poster is available in 4 languages; English, Ojibway, Cree and Oji-cree.

The six steps are:

  1. Wet hands
  2. Use liquid soap
  3. Lather, rub and count to 20
  4. Rinse
  5. Towel or air dry hands
  6. Turn off taps with towel or sleeve

Caring for H1N1 Flu Cases and Contacts

Download the attached document for instruction on caring for H1N1 flu cases and contacts.

  • Instruction for Confirmed or Suspect H1N1 Cases
  • Instruction for Contacts of H1N1 Cases
  • Instruction for Caregivers of H1N1 Cases

Source: Interim Guidelines for Cases and Contacts were provided by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care - April 30, 2009

The document is available in 4 languages; English, Ojibway, Cree and Oji-cree.

Notice: Swine Flu is now officially called H1N1 Flu Virus

Please note the Swine Flu is now officially called H1N1 flu virus.

On April 29, 2009 the World Health Organization raised the global pandemic alert level to 5. No emergency declaration has been made in Canada.

There are 7 confirmed H1N1 flu virus cases in Ontario. All of the cases have mild illness and are recovering at home. Six of the 7 cases travelled to Mexico and we are waiting to find out about travel for the seventh case.

There have been no cases of H1N1 flu virus reported on reserve.