Toronto Public Health confirms first three cases of Omicron variant in city
The Toronto Public Health (TPH) confirms that three cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have been identified in Toronto.
The TPH was notified by a local private neurologist on Friday, August 12, 2018, following a consultation in which the woman was experiencing symptoms consistent with AFM and was diagnosed with AFM.
The TPH continues to work closely with the local healthcare provider to ensure adequate assessment, treatment and support of this patient.
Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says they are well equipped to deal with Omicron variant.
He added that the Omicron variant continues to pose a significant threat to Toronto residents.
“Based on our testing, it’s clear Omicron variant is circulating in Toronto. Our Omicron variant surveillance network includes Toronto, Mississauga, and Aurora, where we have seen cases related to Omicron variant in recent and historical years. In fact, cases in all three regions are increasing; with the greatest number of cases in Ontario, we know Omicron variant cases are moving closer to our borders.”
“As always, if you have any questions regarding your health, our team at TPH is ready and able to help,” added Hoskins.
He also added “We are committed to supporting patients and caregivers impacted by this condition and will be updating with the latest information that is available when they become available.”
Ontario’s chief health officer has also confirmed that there is an outbreak of the Omicron variant in Toronto.
Dr. Deena H. Jain, Ontario’s Chief Public Health Officer, said today in a media release, the province is conducting risk assessments of all communities with confirmed cases of Omicron variant.
Ontario’s Omicron variant has been identified in Waterloo.
In Waterloo, the Omicron variant is part of a cluster that was first identified in the last quarter of 2016.
There have now been three cases of the Omicron variant identified in Ontario in the last three months.