April 30, 2009 / 8:58 PM / 9 years ago

Canada sees first person-to-person case of H1N1 flu

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The province of Nova Scotia has recorded the first case of the new H1N1 flu strain spreading from one person to another within Canada, a medical official said on Thursday.

<p>People walk by a sign inside St. Joseph's Hospital in Toronto warning visitors not to visit family or friends if they have had influenza-like symptoms. The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Canada increased to 13 on Tuesday, as Canadians were urged to avoid unnecessary travel to Mexico and a major tour operator postponed flights between the countries. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

A spokesman for the Atlantic province’s department of health promotion said the victim had contracted a mild case of swine flu from a student who had returned from Mexico on an organized school trip.

“We have recorded the first person-to-person transmission of (H1N1) in Canada. All the cases in Nova Scotia have had mild symptoms,” said Lucas Wide, a spokesman for Nova Scotia’s Health Promotion and Protection department.

The province has reported eight cases so far, four of them pupils who had been to Mexico on the school trip.

Separately on Thursday, federal officials reported 15 new cases of the flu in Canada, including the first confirmed case in the province of Quebec, bringing the national total to 34. All are considered mild.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson

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