Toronto Public Health says it will no longer be notifying schools of confirmed cases of swine flu within their walls because most cases of the H1N1 virus are mild and similar in severity to the seasonal flu. “In the beginning, we were being more cautious because we didn’t know where it was coming from,” said Rishma Govani, a spokeswoman for Toronto Public Health. “It’s happening just like flu happens amongst the public. It’s not being seen more in children than it would be during the regular influenza season … and most of the cases have been mild.” Josh Matlow, a trustee with the public school board, pictured, said schools should continue receiving the notifications to allay any fears parents may have about the virus. “Because of its context in the public forum … the school needs to be able to respond with something factual.”

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