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The H1N1 virus can only be confirmed by a swab, which is then sent to the public health lab for typing and confirmation, says Justin Chenier, communications officer with KFL Public Health.
"The number of cases is rising quickly and is expected to peak over the next two to four weeks," says Dr. Suzanne Billing, Medical Director, Student Health Services. "The rate of illness is now significantly higher than usual for this time in the season."
the Oct. 17 18 weekend at Kingston General Hospital, has only added to the worry.
first local H1N1 death reported
Queen's is working with the public health unit to finalize a date and location for an H1N1 vaccination clinic on campus.
and we are seeing that most people who are tested for various reasons do indeed have H1N1," says Chenier.
Kids are coming home with reports of almost empty classes with classmates home sick with "the flu." Rumours about huge numbers of students ill with the flu and workplaces are starting to see a dent in the workforce.
At Queen's University, a rapidly increasing amount of flu like illness, including H1N1, is circulating on campus and the Kingston community.
How badly has our school population been affected by the flu virus?
The symptoms of H1N1 are the same as influenza: cough, Nike Zoom Elite 9 Blue fever, sore throat, joint and muscle pain and headache, lasting 5 7 days.
"We ask students who experience flu like symptoms to report it to the school, stay home and don't return until they are fully able to participate," she says.
The vast majority of cases of influenza to date have been mild. Public health officials say H1N1 is no more severe than other seasonal flu strains and, in fact, has a lower mortality rate.
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) has also noticed an increased number of absences of students who have gone home with flu like symptoms, says Mike Weaver, communications officer.
"Very few people are being tested just because of the demand and the number of people with symptoms. For the most part testing people and finding out a positive diagnosis doesn't allow them to be treated any certain way. What is happening is that people are being tested who have chronic conditions, where knowing that diagnosis will allow others to react a certain way in their treatment," he says.
Currently, a third of schools in the LDSB are reporting a 10 per cent absentee rate but that percentage changes on a daily basis. Schools send a letter home with students once the absentee rate hits 10 per cent, informing parents of the number, and encouraging parents to keep their students home if they are experiencing symptoms.
"The important thing to remember is that we know there is Influenza like illness out there in the community, Nike Zoom Flyknit Streak Black
School closures are determined by the Ministry of Long Term Care and Health only in extreme cases, and at this time the ministry is not considering that as an activity to stop the spread of the virus, says Douglas.
"There are a number of schools across the area that are reporting a more than 10 per cent absentee rate because of flu like illness and certainly the health unit has confirmed that influenza is in this area and people are suffering from flu like symptoms," says Jane Douglas, LDSB Communications Officer.
and a 13 year old Toronto boy, who was playing in a hockey tournament, also died from H1N1.
Twenty five shools, out of a total of 42, have reporter absentee rates of 10 per cent or higher, says Weaver. "Some schools are reporting higher than 20 per cent."
People most at risk from the H1N1 virus are those who have a chronic underlying medical condition, pregnant women, children between the ages of six months and five years, and the household contacts for those people.
Locally, the first death attributed to H1N1, that of a middle aged woman over Nike Lebron 14 Black/White/Black
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