Potential for Pandemic
No confirmed cases of swine flu in Ontario
Chief Medical Officer Of Health Has Asked Health Care Professionals To
Increase their Vigilance Regarding Individuals Showing Influenza-like
TORONTO - Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, says that
there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Ontario.
Like other jurisdictions in Canada, Ontario became aware of this
potential health issue last week. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
moved immediately to provide information to the province's medical officers of
health. An Important Health Notice (IHN) was issued to the health care sector
asking for extra vigilance regarding cases of severe respiratory illness with
a travel history to Mexico. The IHN also provided advice on screening, lab
testing and case reporting. IHNs are issued by the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care in response to abnormal events that require ministry direction
The ministry will continue its surveillance efforts across the province
using established public health practices and protocols.
Ontario is working very closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada
and all provinces and territories on this issue.
"I want to emphasize that Ontario has an excellent public health
surveillance system. Ontarians should feel confident that their health
care providers are closely monitoring the situation and the system is in
place to respond."
- Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health
"Ontario is well-positioned to deal with this situation. We have a strong
public health system in this province. I have the utmost confidence in
the ability of public health professionals to manage any health issue
that might arise."
- David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
- People returning from Mexico who have symptoms of respiratory illness
should contact their health care provider or call TeleHealth Ontario at