15 new swine flu cases in Canada prompts awareness drive

May 1st, 2009 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, May 1 (IANS) With 15 news cases of swine flu taking the nation’s total to 34, Canadian authorities have said they will start an awareness campaign Friday to stem the spread of the virus.
Of the 15 new cases reported Thursday, five were in British Columbia province, four each in Alberta and Nova Scotia provinces and one each in Ontario and Quebec provinces.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is launching an awareness campaign Friday to caution people about the steps to be taken to avoid infection.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the spread of “the Mexican flu” was a major concern for his government.

He said Canada was “doing what is necessary at the moment. We obviously recommend to the population to follow any warnings or any advisories that are being given by various health authorities, whether they be federal, provincial, or international”.

With the World Health Organization raising the pandemic alert level from phase 4 to phase 5, Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said: “Canada has been implementing an aggressive approach to the virus for several days based on close information sharing and technical assistance between Canada, US, Mexico and the World Health Organization.

“We are a global leader in pandemic planning and are well advanced in implementing our plan to protect Canadians.”

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