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Government of Nunavut - Influenza Update (February 8, 2013)

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  • Government of Nunavut - Influenza Update (February 8, 2013)

    Influenza Update
    February 8, 2013
    Iqaluit, NU

    Dr. Maureen Baikie, Chief Medical Officer of Health, released the following statement:

    ?We now have 39 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza A across Nunavut. Influenza activity remains at about the same level as last week.

    ?RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is still circulating in Kivalliq and Kitikmeot regions. This is a virus that can affect all ages, but infants are most affected. It causes a respiratory illness called bronchiolitis. The symptoms include:

    Nasal stuffiness and a runny nose Cough Difficult or rapid breathing Wheezing Fever No interest in food or play

    ?You can take some simple steps to protect yourself, your family and those around you from respiratory viruses ? cover your cough; wash your hands often including before and after touching babies; stay home if you are sick; keep healthy babies away from sick babies; don't expose babies or small children to cigarette smoke.

    ?Remember, it?s not too late to get your flu shot.?
    Media Contact:
    Ron Wassink Communications Specialist Department of Health and Social Services 867-975-5710
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