Update: 12 p.m. PDT, June 10, 2009
VICTORIA – British Columbia continues to monitor and respond to the recent spread of the novel H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu). Six new cases have been confirmed – one in Interior Health, two in Fraser Health, one in Northern Health, one in Vancouver Coastal Health and one on Vancouver Island – for a total of 151 cases in the province with individuals having either recovered or recovering.
BC Centre for Disease Control has
confirmed 151 individuals in British Columbia so far have tested positive for
the H1N1 flu virus that has caused illness in the U.S., Mexico and several
other countries. Specimens are also tested at the National Microbiology
o Fifty-eight in Fraser Health.
o Five in Interior Health.
o Twenty-eight in Northern Health.
o Forty-two in Vancouver Coastal Health.
o Eighteen on Vancouver Island.
· The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the situation is evolving with more cases expected in the coming weeks and months.
· The most current Canadian numbers of confirmed cases are available at
The most current
· The most current international numbers of confirmed cases are available at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/updates/en/index.html.
· The WHO continues to classify the influenza pandemic alert at phase 5, meaning there is human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. Phase 6 would indicate a full-fledged global pandemic of influenza.
How can I stop the spread of the H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu)?
· See a health care provider if your symptoms become worse but call ahead to let them know you have fever or cough illness.
What is H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu)?
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