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H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) monitored

HEALTH SYSTEM MONITORS INFLUENZA SITUATION
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and public health officials across the province are aware of the severe respiratory illness reported in Mexico and the southern United States.
Saskatchewan public health is closely monitoring the situation and physicians in Saskatchewan have been notified to ask patients presenting with influenza symptoms about their travel history.
"There is still a significant amount of regular seasonal influenza circulating in parts of Mexico so even if you have returned with the flu, you don't need to be alarmed," Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Moira McKinnon said.
"However, because we want to be vigilant in our monitoring process, we would ask that anyone who has returned from Mexico and becomes ill shortly after to contact their medical professional."
Saskatchewan is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor and respond to the situation as required.
People with questions or concerns are encouraged to call Healthline at 1-877-800-0002.
People are reminded the best way to reduce the spread of influenza is to practise good habits like frequent hand washing, and coughing and sneezing into the elbow, rather than hands.

For more information on influenza and self-care visit the Saskatchewan Health website at http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/  
 or http://www.fightflu.ca/index-eng.html 

Flu self-help: http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/flu-caring-for-yourself

For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for travel safety : http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/index-eng.php and for Human Swine Influenza: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/swine-porcine/faq_rg_swine-eng.php

For more information on H1N1 Influenza, visit the U.S. Centre for Disease Control at:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/investigation.htm

World Health Organization site with the number of confirmed cases in each country
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_28/en/index.html

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