Bug hits cottage country

Influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, has hit cottage countrywith outbreaks of the virus in up to seven summer camps, including onethat was temporarily closed.

Influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, has hit cottage country with outbreaks of the virus in up to seven summer camps, including one that was temporarily closed.

Hundreds of youngsters are being sent home with the H1N1 virus symptoms, or are spending their days in camp infirmaries, according to health officials.

All cases have been mild and no children have required hospitalization.

Many camps have been screening youngsters for the bug, even before they get on buses and head up north.

“We have three (overnight) camps that have H1N1 outbreaks,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

At Queen’s Park, Health Minister David Caplan said he is monitoring the situation closely.

“The details are a little sketchy (but) all the cases that they know about are mild,” Caplan told the Toronto Star.