News Release: Influenza A Outbreak Rescinded in Windsor-Essex (Updated)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, has rescinded the Influenza A outbreak declared November 3rd, in a long-term care home.
This update is in response to yesterday’s news release reporting the first confirmed case of Influenza A in Windsor and Essex County. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has since been in contact with the lab and has received confirmation that the case reported yesterday is a false positive. As a result, there are currently no confirmed cases of Influenza A in Windsor and Essex County at this time.
As part of the process, the WECHU continues to communicate with public health labs to ensure accuracy and validity of test results received.
The WECHU is reminding everyone that the best way to protect yourself against the influenza virus and lower your risk of flu is to get the flu vaccine. It is important to take precautions to prevent getting or spreading the flu:
- everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine every year
- wash your hands often
- cough and sneeze into your arm or tissue
- do not touch your face
- stay home when you are sick
- avoid close contact with others if feeling ill
- clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared items
- contact your health care provider to rule out other viruses such as COVID-19
For more information on influenza or to find a flu vaccine location, please visit the health unit’s flu page.