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Hydro staffer has serious H1N1 flu

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A Manitoba Hydro employee with a confirmed case of H1N1 virus is in serious condition in a Winnipeg hospital.


The man worked in the office at the Wuskwatim dam project and lived at the camp with 450 other hydro workers in Northern Manitoba, said spokesman Glenn Schneider.

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"He was not feeling well and went to hospital in Thompson" in late May, said Schneider. He was transferred to hospital in Winnipeg where he was diagnosed as having the H1N1 flu, he said.


There have been no other cases reported among camp workers, Schneider said Thursday.


"We had already communicated with camp workers as well as all employees about the potential spread of the virus," said Schneider.


"It is a closed environment," he said, with employees living and working together and sharing a common dining hall.


The provincial utility notified workers about the steps to take to prevent the spread of the illness, including personal hygiene measures and how to identify symptoms at an early stage, he said.


The camp was inspected by public health officials who reviewed the information Hydro circulated among its workers and had a look at the facilities in the camp and workplace, said Schneider.


The Burntwood Regional Health Authority was satisfied that precautions for preventing the spread of the flu have been taken, he said.


Schneider said he had no information about the worker’s prognosis.

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