Foreign Visitor Dies From H1N1 In Calgary

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Andre Corriveau has confirmed the H1N1-related death of the father of a participant at the World Skills Competition in Calgary.

The New Zealand resident died in a Calgary hospital Thursday, and although the official cause of death is yet to be determined, Dr. Corriveau said he wanted to reassure foreign visitors and others attending the competition that public health officials are taking all appropriate precautions.

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“I first want to extend my sympathies to the family at this difficult time,” said Dr. Corriveau. “This is yet another tragic reminder of how serious influenza can be, and in particular, how we need to remain vigilant for H1N1.”

The man arrived on August 28th and was not staying with any of the competition participants. Other family members are being monitored. Officials from Alberta Health Services are contacting people who may have been in contact with the deceased, and have been communicating relevant information to organizers of the competition and members of the New Zealand team.

“Albertans, whether they have traveled recently or not, need to remain on alert for symptoms of the flu, and when ill need to isolate themselves as much as possible” said Corriveau. "If you are sick for more than a few days or the symptoms get worse, call Healthlink to see if you need to see a doctor.”

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