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H1N1 Information

A new influenza virus, referred to as the H1N1 flu in this report (attached), was first discovered in Mexico in April 2009. Human cases were detected in Canada and in most regions of the world soon after. There have been more than 440, 000 laboratory confirmed cases and 5,700 deaths globally from the H1N1 flu and 1,799 hospitalized cases and 92 deaths from the H1N1 flu in Canada as of October 25, 2009.

The attached report focuses mainly on the H1N1 flu in First Nations communities in Ontario. Ontario is home to more First Nations peoples and more First Nations communities than any other province or territory in Canada. Approximately a quarter (23%) of Canadians who identify as First Nations live in Ontario but First Nations make up only 1.3 % of the overall Ontario population. The First Nations population is younger than the Canadian population - the median age of First Nations in Ontario is 28 years of age while median age of all Ontarians is 39 years of age. One-third of First Nations in Ontario are children aged 0 to 14. (Stats Canada 2006 Census)

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's "Guidance on Public Health Measures for the Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in First Nation Communities" is also attached.

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