Toronto Responds To Swine Flu Outbreak
Today Mayor David Miller joined with Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, and City Manager Joe Pennachetti to provide an update on the City’s response to the swine flu situation.
City staff are working with municipal and provincial partners, and are closely monitoring the emerging information on swine flu in other parts of Canada, the United States, Mexico, and other countries.
“We are monitoring this evolving situation closely and are ready to respond in the event that anyone in Toronto is affected by this illness,” Dr. McKeown said. “At this point, there are no cases of swine flu reported in Toronto.”
Toronto Public Health has increased monitoring for influenza linked to the cases in Mexico and the United States and distributed a Surveillance Alert to hospitals, emergency room, infection control practitioners and physicians to ensure they are aware of the situation, and to request that they report any suspect cases.
The City has a well developed pandemic influenza plan to guide us through an influenza outbreak. “We all learned lessons from our 2003 SARS experience. The City’s planning and preparedness activities for an influenza pandemic have been underway since 2005 using a strong divisional approach co-ordinated by the Office of Emergency Management,” said Mayor David Miller.
Members of the public are advised to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of respiratory illness. These measures include:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and hot water or use an alcohol-hand sanitizer
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
• If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
• Stay home if you are ill and call your physician if you have recently travelled and are experiencing flu-like symptoms
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