Second local case of swine flu found

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health has reported a second case of H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) this one in Guelph.

The Central Public Health Laboratory confirmed the virus in lab tests from a male in his 20s with no travel history. He did not require hospitalization and has recovered.

"Confirmation of a second local case with no travel history does not come as a surprise. The influenza virus spreads easily from an infected person to others through coughing and sneezing," said Dr. Nicola Mer­cer, Medical Officer of Health. "Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough – using a tissue or the bend of your elbow – and cleaning your hands with alcohol handrub or soap and warm water after you sneeze or cough, can greatly reduce the spread of illness in our community."

Up-to-date vaccinations, especially the flu shot, and staying home when sick also helps to lower the risk infection.To learn more visit the H1N1 flu virus (human swine flu) update page at www.­