May 19, 2009
Swine Flu (H1N1 Flu Virus)

On April 21, 2009, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced an outbreak regarding a number of individuals with
severe respiratory illness (SRI) occurring in various locations of south and central Mexico.  This outbreak was identified as Human
Swine Flu Influenza (Swine Flu) or the H1N1 Flu Virus.

Since this announcement, there has been an increase to the number of confirmed cases worldwide.

As of May 15 2009, a total of 496 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu Virus have been reported in 9 provinces and 1 territory in
Canada.   

For an up-to-date listing of confirmed Swine Flu cases in Canada click here

The clinical symptoms include high fever, headache, ocular pain, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.  Rapid progression of
symptoms to severe respiratory distress occurred in about 5 days.

On April 30, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) moved the Mexican Swine Flu outbreak to Phase 5 (of 6) to indicate
human-to-human transmission and the outbreak has been confirmed in more than two geographical regions.  

CAW members work in a number of economic sectors where they are regularly dealing with the public including health care,
transportation and retail.
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