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October 4, 2005
Media Advisory - Respiratory illness update
The respiratory illness at Seven Oaks Home for the Aged has resulted in
additional deaths among ill residents, but the outbreak remains under control,
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, reported today.

Dr. McKeown provided the following update:
  • Since yesterday there have been four additional deaths, for a total of ten in the outbreak.
  • The outbreak has so far affected a total of 70 residents, 12 employees and two visitors at Seven Oaks.
  • 40 residents 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.

"Although the condition of some ill residents has worsened and unfortunately
four more have died, others are improving and we are confident this outbreak is
under control," said Dr. McKeown.

Dr. McKeown will hold a media briefing this afternoon.

Date: Tuesday, October 4
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Room 502, 277 Victoria St. (corner of Dundas St. E., one block east
of Yonge St.)

Media contact:

Gil Hardy
Toronto Public Health Communications



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