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October 5, 2005
Media Advisory - Respiratory illness update
The respiratory illness at Seven Oaks Home for the Aged has resulted in six
additional deaths among ill residents, Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical
Officer of Health, reported today.

“The six new deaths are not new cases. All of these elderly individuals had
been previously identified as cases and had underlying medical conditions,” Dr.
McKeown said. “There have been no new reported cases in the last 24 hours.”

Dr. McKeown provided the following update:

  • There have been six additional deaths, for a total of 16 in the outbreak.
  • The outbreak has so far affected 70 residents, 13 employees and five visitors at Seven Oaks.
  • 34 residents, two staff and two visitors from Seven Oaks have been admitted to hospital.
  • The majority of cases are improving but some have worsened as the illness takes its course.
  • Testing continues to determine the cause of the illness.
  • Hospitals and their emergency rooms are operating normally.

"We are working with staff at the home and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Care to ensure appropriate measures continue to be in place to control the
outbreak," Dr. McKeown said.

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