The second wave of the swine flu has likely arrived in Ontario, according to health officials in the province.
Staff at the Mount Sinai Hospital, say over the past several weeks a number of people have turned up in emergency rooms exhibiting symptoms of the virus, also known as H1N1 Influenza A.
The cases, including six new ones on Monday, are concentrated in Toronto, Hamilton and London.
This has many families concerned, with kids one month into the school year and in close contact with other potentially ill children. Students were sent home from one school in Stoney Creek after a confirmed outbreak of H1N1 influenza.
“Kids can catch anything [at school.] They can catch lice. They can catch a regular cold. So there is always the small chance that [my nephew] can catch the H1N1 virus or anything else,” suggested Christopher Cruz.
And although vaccines won’t be available in Canada until November, experts insist there’s no reason to panic.
“The good news, of course, is this is a fairly mild disease. We’ve got antivirals. Lots of people have plans. So despite the fact that we don’t have vaccines, we’ll get through it okay,” noted Mount Sinai microbiologist Dr. Allison McGeer.
About The H1N1 Flu Virus
The H1N1 flu has been circulating in Toronto for a number of months. Most people who get the flu have mild symptoms and recover completely.
The H1N1 virus spreads through droplets contained in sneezes and coughs and by hand contact. Do your part to stop the spread of germs:
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue
- If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm – not your hands
- Stay home if you are ill
Source: Toronto Public Health