Given that the latest information from Mexico indicates the risk of contracting the virus has decreased and that nearly all of the cases reported in Canada and the United States have been mild, as of May 18, 2009, the Public Health Agency of Canada no longer recommends Canadians postpone elective or non-essential travel to Mexico.
Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector - Annex E - The Use of Antiviral Drugs During a Pandemic
At the time of an outbreak with a novel virus or a pandemic, these recommendations need to be considered in the context of this situation and changes made to strategies on the basis of the emerging epidemiology or other data (e.g. antiviral resistance, optimal treatment course).
News Release - Health Minister, Chief Public Health Officer help kids learn basics of flu prevention
Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler-Jones visited a local elementary school today to talk to children about how to prevent the spread of the flu.
Federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq today expressed sympathy following the announcement by the Government of Alberta of Canada's first death associated with H1N1 flu virus.
The Honourable Leona Aglukaaq, Canada's Minister of Health, and Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, today confirmed an additional 13 cases of H1N1 flu virus (three in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, seven in Ontario and one in Quebec) bringing the total Canadian count to 214.
The Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) is a Level Four laboratory, with over 400 employees. The NML was established in 1999.The NML is internationally recognized as one of a handful of laboratories in the world with the capacity to work with highly pathogenic viruses.
Dr. Frank Plummer, Scientific Director General for the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory, Dr. Martine Dubuc, Vice President of the CFIA Science Branch, and Dr.
Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and the Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones, today confirmed 36 new cases of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu), bringing the total number of laboratory confirmed cases in Canada to 201.
Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg First to Decode Genetic Makeup of Mexican and Canadian H1N1 Flu Viruses
Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler-Jones today announced that Canadian scientists have completed work on decoding the genetic makeup of the H1N1 flu virus.