Health officials believe new phase of virus will lead to faster spread

By Pauline Tam, The Ottawa CitizenJune 3, 2009

OTTAWA – Public health officials are investigating possible flu outbreaks at up to 13 Ottawa schools, which they believe could be caused by the new strain of the H1N1 flu virus.

Another three schools have reported unusually high numbers of absent students, prompting officials to suspect the virus may have spread there as well.

Because the risks of infection are particularly high among people who gather in large groups and in confined spaces, the school-based outbreaks, even before they are confirmed, have officials predicting the “swine flu” virus has moved into a new phase that will likely lead to faster spread and more cases being reported over the summer.

“With influenza, you pretty much know you’re not going to be able to contain it,” said Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s chief medical officer of health.

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Most cases of the H1N1 virus reported in Ottawa have shared nearly identical symptoms with more common strains of flu, making them virtually indistinguishable without laboratory testing, said Levy.

While a majority of the cases have been described as “mild,” some of the diagnosed children have had “severe symptoms,” including high fever, intense difficulty breathing and extreme dehydration.

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Health officials believe new phase of virus will lead to faster spread

By Pauline Tam, The Ottawa CitizenJune 3, 2009

OTTAWA – Public health officials are investigating possible flu outbreaks at up to 13 Ottawa schools, which they believe could be caused by the new strain of the H1N1 flu virus.

Another three schools have reported unusually high numbers of absent students, prompting officials to suspect the virus may have spread there as well.

Because the risks of infection are particularly high among people who gather in large groups and in confined spaces, the school-based outbreaks, even before they are confirmed, have officials predicting the “swine flu” virus has moved into a new phase that will likely lead to faster spread and more cases being reported over the summer.

“With influenza, you pretty much know you’re not going to be able to contain it,” said Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s chief medical officer of health.

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Most cases of the H1N1 virus reported in Ottawa have shared nearly identical symptoms with more common strains of flu, making them virtually indistinguishable without laboratory testing, said Levy.

While a majority of the cases have been described as “mild,” some of the diagnosed children have had “severe symptoms,” including high fever, intense difficulty breathing and extreme dehydration.

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2.Manitoba confirms 27 new cases of swine flu

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3.Number of swine flu cases in Ontario takes big jump

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France
4. 57 confirmed cases (translated)

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Mexico
5. 3 deaths in Mexico – Mexican flu death toll rises to 106, with 5,717 confirmed infections

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United Kingdom

6.Update on confirmed swine flu cases 4 June 2009 (23 New 428 Confirmed)

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7.Police plan for swine flu pandemic

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8.Swine flu: Family quarantined at RAF base

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9. Scotland – Major expansion of swine flu testing criteria as virus spreads

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10. UK swine flu case total tops 450

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United States

11. House Democrat doubtful of more flu money now

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12. US pork industry baffled by bans in China, Russia

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13. Frustration builds for patients over lack of swine flu tests

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14. Swine Flu ‘Overwhelmed’ U.S. Health-Care System

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15. Milwaukee officials report first swine flu death

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16. CA – Concord Girl Dies Of H1N1 Virus

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17. IL – Health Department reports county’s first Swine flu death

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18. IL – Pregnant Woman Dies From Swine Flu, Baby Fights For Its Life

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19. VA – Jamestown high student confirmed with swine flu

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20. VA – Jamestown, Grafton high cases of swine flu confirmed

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21. UT – Second Utah death tied to H1N1 flu

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22. Second swine death reported in Utah

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23. 5th Arizona swine flu death confirmed in Pinal County

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24. Pa. has its 1st swine flu death

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Egypt

25.  165 Cases Under Observation for Swine Flu

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26. Egypt announced on 79 cases of bird flu

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General News

27. WHO Tweaks Pandemic Label to Avoid Swine Flu Panic

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