May 8, 2009

Canada's first swine flu death

CANADA/HEALTH - Canada had its first death from swine flu on April 28th, health officials confirmed today. The northern Alberta woman had other medical problems that complicated her condition.

People with respiratory problems like asthma are more susceptible to swine flu death.

The woman died 10 days ago, but it took awhile to pinpoint her cause of death. Her case had been considered mild, but her history of chronic health problems caused her to be more susceptible to the disease.

4,000 Canadians die every year from the regular flu, begging the question whether swine flu is really that deadly.

So far there is 224 confirmed cases of the outbreak strain of H1N1 (swine flu) in Canada, but only 1 death.

A total of 44 people have been confirmed to have died of the flu strain in Mexico and two in the United States. There are many more waiting for confirmation as to the cause of death.

The World Health Organization said Thursday that up to two billion people could be infected by swine flu if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic, but its still unknown just how deadly it is. The Canadian statistics suggest the death rate may be less than 0.5%.

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