Stephen Blais in hospital

Flu gets a grip on the region GREGGCHAMBERLAIN involve influenza A subtype H3N2, which has resulted in some cases in either chil- dren under the age of 14 or seniors going to hospital for further treatment to prevent pneumonia from developing.


CORNWALL | The flu bug is making the rounds in Eastern Ontario. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) reported that the region is experiencing the same level of flu outbreaks this season as the rest of the province. “Last year we didn’t have any cases,” said Dr. Roumeliotis, noting that as of the end of December the EOHU has recorded 29 inci- dents of influenza. That includes four outbreaks in long-term care facilities and five in various schools in the EOHU region. Several of the outbreaks

The vaccine still available through the EOHU’s flu clinics, local doctors offices and some pharmacies is designed to deal with H3N2 along with other common flus. This season has seen a drop in the num- ber of people attending the EOHU’s free flu clinics. Dr. Roumeliotis cannot say there is a definite link but noted that in some of the cases he knows about himself the patients involved did not get their annual flu shot. “There is merit to getting the (vaccine) protection,” Dr. Roumeliotis said. “The flu is not the same as a cold. The flu can be more dangerous.”

ORLÉANS | Cumberland ward council- lor Stephen Blais was rushed to hospital Monday morning after he collapsed at a local gym. Blais was exercising at an Orléans fitness centre when he collapsed and was taken first to Montfort Hospital and then later transferred to the Ottawa Heart Institute. He showed no vital signs when paramedics arrived on the scene at the gym but later re- vived when he arrived for initial treatment at Montfort Hospital’s emergency ward. No further details were available at press time. Staff at both Montfort Hospital and

the Ottawa Heart Institute are declining any comment at present beyond confirming Blais is in care. The 32-year-old Blais is a first-term mem- ber of Ottawa city council, having defeated incumbent Rob Jellett for the Cumberland Ward seat in the 2010 municipal election.

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