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Manitoba reports 22 new H1N1 flu cases

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WINNIPEG — Provincial health officials say the World Health Organization’s declaration that H1N1 influenza is a full blown pandemic will not change their current response to the outbreak.

The WHO’s decision to call the worldwide outbreak a pandemic comes the same day provincial officials confirmed another 22 Manitobans tested positive for H1N1, including one additional patient admitted to intensive care.

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Five of the new cases are from St. Theresa Point First Nation. A total of eight of the new cases are First Nations.

First Nation communities have been particularly hard hit by the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Neighbouring remote

First Nations Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point have closed schools, advised against public gatherings, and are ramping up efforts to contain the spread of disease.

A total of 78 Manitobans have tested positive for the virus.

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