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5 North York General Hospital patients quarantined for H1N1

Five patients at North York General Hospital have been quarantined after contracting the H1N1 flu, health officials say.

“All cases showed mild symptoms of nasal congestion, cough, fever and malaise; patients are recovering,” the hospital said on its website.

“These patients and the unit are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of influenza.”

There have been no further spread of H1N1 at the hospital unit since it was reported to Toronto’s public health department on Jan. 7, the hospital said.

With the H1N1 strain making a resurgence, particularly in Alberta, health officials urged people to get a flu shot. This season’s flu vaccine contains a strain to protect against H1N1.

In Toronto, seven people have died of the flu so far this season, including four from H1N1. Last year, the flu killed 53 people, according to Toronto Public Health.

About half of the 323 lab-confirmed flu cases this season are of the H1N1 strain, and 35 per cent of the 112 new cases recorded in the week of Dec. 29, 2013-Jan. 4 were H1N1.