Second Alberta Fatality Associated With H1N1 Flu

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Alberta has confirmed a second death associated with the H1N1 flu. An Edmonton area woman with chronic pre-existing medical conditions passed away June 30. It is still not clear what role the H1N1 virus played in the middle-aged woman’s death.

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“I want to express my sympathy to the family at this difficult time,” said Dr. Andre Corriveau, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health. “Alberta, like all jurisdictions across the country, remains vigilant in tracking the progress of the H1N1 virus. The sad and stark reality is that we expect that we will see other deaths associated with H1N1.”

“Every year, 4,000 Canadians die from the flu and a high percentage of them have underlying conditions that play a large part in making them susceptible to serious consequences when they get the flu. Awareness and prevention remain our best tools in controlling the spread of any virus. Albertans need to continue to play a big role by using good hygiene habits such as frequent and proper hand washing, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve - not your hand, and if you’re not feeling well stay home.”

Privacy concerns prevent the release of more details surrounding this latest death.

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