Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, says there are 484 new confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus since Friday, bringing the total number of cases in Ontario to 1,562.
Almost all of the cases reported to date are considered mild. The vast majority of these cases have recovered.
To date, two people, who had the H1N1 virus and chronic medical conditions, have died.
Ten people who have the H1N1 flu virus were in hospital as of June 9, a number of whom have underlying medical conditions.
The Ontario cases involve 808 males and 750 females (the gender of four cases is unknown) with an age range of (less than)1 to 97. The average age of the cases is 21. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently provided updated guidance to health care providers on who should be tested for the H1N1 virus. Providers have been asked to only have tests performed on patients requiring hospitalization and on patients at high risk of complications from the flu.
A review of Ontario laboratory tests shows the majority of people who get tested do not have either seasonal or H1N1 flu. There is little use for routine testing since it does not alter the treatment of mild cases.
A more focused approach to testing at this point enables Ontario's public health laboratory system to expedite testing for hospitalized cases and cases of suspected outbreaks.It's striking that H1N1 doesn't seem to have the impact in North America that it has in South America. I don't know whether that's because the Latin American media make more of a fuss over it, or that different strains of H1N1 are involved.