May 8, 2009
For immediate release
One New Case of H1N1 Flu Virus Confirmed on Prince Edward Island
“We know that this is a constantly evolving situation,” said Doug Currie, Minister of Health. “Islanders should feel confident in knowing that we have been preparing for this type of situation and that the health system has the capacity to effectively respond.”
“We continue to monitor the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Health Officer for the Department of Health. “Islanders can be assured in knowing that while the number of reported cases on Prince Edward Island remains low, we continue to monitor the situation.”
The best protection against H1N1 flu virus (and other influenza viruses) is good hand washing with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Islanders are reminded to cough and sneeze into their arm or sleeve and stay at home if they are sick.
Those who are experiencing influenza like symptoms and have travelled to Mexico within the last 10 days, or have come in contact with someone who is sick and has travelled to Mexico within the last 10 days, should see a physician or call the toll free hotline at 1-888-748-5454.
Symptoms of the H1N1 Flu Virus are similar to the symptoms of common or seasonal influenza and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting.