World Flu Epidemic coming closer to Canada

World Flu Epidemic coming closer to Canada

It’s started in Mexico and has spread fast to the Southern US.  It’s now in NY and should be here in Canada quite soon.

There is no current vaccine for this flu so it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

So, people of Cornwall, you’re going to have to start to behave more cold and flu friendly.

No more coughing into your hands like I see so many of you doing around town, especially if you’re working in the food service industry.

If you have to cough, into your elbow.    Wash your hands frequently and if you’re sick don’t go into work; especially if you work with the public.

This epidemic is serious and has the potential to do a lot of damage.   It can do less damage if everyone tries to be more flu sensitive.

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CDC has identified human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in people in these areas. CDC is working with local and state health agencies to investigate these cases. We have determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, we have not determined how easily the virus spreads between people. As with any infectious disease, we are recommending precautionary measures for people residing in these areas.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

There is no vaccine available at this time, so it is important for people living in these areas to take steps to prevent spreading the virus to others. If people are ill, they should attempt to stay at home and limit contact with others. Healthy residents living in these areas should take everyday preventive actions.

People who live in these areas who develop an illness with fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, should contact their health care provider. Their health care provider will determine whether influenza testing is needed.

Clinicians

Clinicians should consider the possibility of swine influenza virus infections in patients presenting with febrile respiratory illness who:

  • 1. Live in San Diego County or Imperial County, California or San Antonio, Texas or
  • 2. Have traveled to San Diego and/or Imperial County, California or San Antonio, Texas or
  • 3. Have been in contact with ill persons from these areas in the 7 days prior to their illness onset.

If swine flu is suspected, clinicians should obtain a respiratory swab for swine influenza testing and place it in a refrigerator (not a freezer). Once collected, the clinician should contact their state or local health department to facilitate transport and timely diagnosis at a state public health laboratory.

State Public Health Laboratories

Laboratories should send all unsubtypable influenza A specimens as soon as possible to the Viral Surveillance and Diagnostic Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division for further diagnostic testing.

Public Health /Animal Health Officials

Officials should conduct thorough case and contact investigations to determine the source of the swine influenza virus, extent of community illness and the need for timely control measures.
More information about swine flu can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/index.htm.

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