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Health minister to tour B.C. H1N1 lab after praising First Nation flu efforts

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COWESSESS, Sask. - Canada's health minister is heading for the west coast as part of a pandemic planning tour that earlier brought praise for a Saskatchewan First Nation.

Leona Aglukkaq will be in Vancouver on Friday to visit the H1N1 laboratory at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. The minister and Dr. David Butler Jones, Canada's chief public health officer, will provide a national update on the swine flu virus after the tour.

Aglukkaq visited the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan on Thursday and held up its flu plan as a model that could be used across the country.

Every home on the reserve is getting an infection control kit that has different coloured flags to hang on the door to indicate whether anyone inside is ill or if the home is flu free.

Aglukkaq says the Cowessess model works because the whole community is involved.

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