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October 3, 2005
Media Advisory - Respiratory illness update
Toronto Public Health continues to investigate the outbreak of respiratory
illness at Seven Oaks Home for the Aged, Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical
Officer of Health, said today.

The investigation is being carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Public Health Laboratory, the Coroner's
Office and affected hospitals. The outbreak began September 25, 2005.

Dr. McKeown reported the following update:
  • The outbreak has affected a total of 68 residents so far, eight employees and three visitors at Seven Oaks.
  • There have been no new cases since yesterday, but there have been two additional deaths, for a total of six in the outbreak.
  • The majority of cases are improving but some have worsened as the illness takes its course.
  • Thirty residents from Seven Oaks have been admitted to hospital.
  • Toronto Public Health staff have followed up with 170 contacts connected to Seven Oaks. This includes families of children who attend the adjacent day nursery.
  • Testing continues to determine the cause of the illness.
  • Hospitals and their emergency rooms are operating normally.
  • Some additional precautions are being taken in the emergency room at the Centenary site of Rouge Valley to protect patients and staff.

Media contact:

Gil Hardy
Toronto Public Health



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