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TIMMINS, ON ------  October 15, 2009 ---   On Tuesday, the Porcupine Health Unit, which serves parts of northeastern Ontario, was notified that tests on 2 male teenstested positive for H1N1 subtype of influenza A. One of the teens, a 15 year old was hospitalized and passed away, and the other is recovering at home, they reported on Wednesday

Dr. Susan Kaczmarek, the Medical Officer of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit, said, “We have been informed that these tests were conducted on 2 male adolescents. One of these individuals was hospitalized and we learned this morning that this young person has passed away. The second individual is recovering at home.” The health unit will be working with area schools and school boards to assist them in providing information about the H1N1 virus to concerned staff, students and parents.

Understandably, parents will be concerned about sending their children to school. Dr. Kaczmarek responds that H1N1, like all influenza, is generally a “community acquired disease”. This means that “people can be exposed to this virus practically anywhere. However, there are many steps people can take to protect themselves and their families.”

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit, based in Thunder Bay, Ontario,  is reporting 11 cases, while in Ontario has 379 hospitalized cases, and 24 deaths and Canada has 1479 hospitalized cases, 79 deaths as of October 9,th.  Mean while The Toronto Star is reporting on there Flu Map 74 cases in the Northwest Health Unit. based in Kenora, Ontario

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