Toronto hospital unit in flu quarantine

Irene Thomaidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

TORONTO - A unit at North York General Hospital has been placed under quarantine after an outbreak of H1N1 flu virus.

Five patients have been isolated as a precaution to prevent the virus from spreading, hospital spokesman Priscilla Hsu said.

“There have been no new cases within the last day,” Hsu told the Sun Friday evening. “There are no severe cases and everyone is recovering.”

She was unable to specify when the quarantine began.

The Public Health Agency of Canada noted a spike in illnesses caused by the H1N1 virus since November. The flu strain was first identified in 2009 and referred to as the swine flu early on.

This virus is spread from person-to-person, in the same way that regular seasonal flu viruses spread. Symptoms include fever, cough, headaches, muscle or joint pains, chills and fatigue. More serious symptoms might include severe vomiting, severe dizziness and confusion in adults and fast breathing, lethargy and no tears when crying in kids.

 


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