Second Case of H1N1 Flu Virus Confirmed in Manitoba

Flu Lab Analysis

A Winnipeg woman is the latest victim to be diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus (formerly the swine flu) officials said on Tuesday.

The woman is in her 50s with an underlying medical condition and has been hospitalized.

On May 3, the first case of H1N1 was confirmed in Manitoba when a grade 8 girl in Brandon recently returned from a trip to Mexico.

Health officials advise to take precautions to ward off germs and prevent yourself from catching the flu. The following is information regarding how to protect yourself and others from contracting the flu.

Protect Yourself and Others

All strains of influenza can be dangerous; however, good infection prevention measures can help protect you and others if this virus begins to spread rapidly in Canada.

•    Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer
•    Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand
•    Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
•    Stay home if you’re sick, unless directed to seek medical care

Prevent H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) with frequent handwashing

Handwashing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Good handwashing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults.

Cover your cough and sneeze

Sneeze and cough into your elbow or sleeve or use a tissue.  After wiping or blowing your nose with a tissue, throw away the tissue and wash your hands.  Keep your fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth

Stay at home and avoid crowds when sick

If you are sick, avoid going to work and being in large crowds as you can spread influenza easily to others.  You should also visit those who are sick only if necessary.

Keep common surfaces clean

Keep personal items separate if a household member is sick.  Use a disinfectant to clean surfaces around a person who is sick with the influenza.  Do not share personal items or drinks.

Does the annual influenza vaccination protect me from H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu)?

This year’s annual influenza immunization, or flu shot, protects against the human strain of H1N1 influenza. The human swine influenza H1N1 strain is different than the human strain. It is unlikely that the seasonal flu shot will provide protection against H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu). The flu shot will protect against the seasonal influenza, which is still circulating in Mexico.

Additional information may be found at www.fightflu.ca

— With files from a news release and ChrisD.ca contributor Vince Lee


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