The provincial government has released new recommendations on how to deal with Influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu.

The Health Promotion and Protection Department said Nova Scotians who catch the H1N1 virus no longer have to stay home for seven days, but should still minimize contact with others until they are symptom-free and “feeling well and able to resume normal day-to-day activities.”

However, the recommendations, which come from the Public Health Agency of Canada, said health care workers should continue to stay home for seven days after the onset of symptoms.


“This recommendation is under review but is not expected to change,” Maureen Baikie, deputy chief medical officer of health, said in a news release Friday. “If people have any concerns, they should consult with their employer.”

There have been 17 hospitalizations and one death in Nova Scotia since the outbreak started in April, with cases still being reported, the province said.

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