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Thursday, October 02, 2014
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SASKATCHEWAN RECORDS FIRST DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 INFLUENZA VIRUS

Saskatchewan has recorded its first death associated with the H1N1 influenza virus. The woman, in her forties, also had serious underlying health conditions.

"This is very sad news, and our sympathies go out to the family," Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Moira McKinnon said. "Influenza can be a very serious disease, particularly for people who have other health issues. Every year, regular seasonal influenza contributes to the death of 2,000 to 4,000 people in Canada, so we knew a death associated with this strain of influenza would eventually happen in Saskatchewan."

There have been 21 deaths from H1N1 influenza in Canada in four other provinces. To date there have been 685 confirmed cases in Saskatchewan. Most cases have experienced mild to moderate symptoms.

People are reminded to take appropriate infection prevention measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water or antibacterial gel, coughing and sneezing into the crook of the arm, and staying home when feeling ill.

For more information visit the Saskatchewan Health website at www.health.gov.sk.ca, or www.fightflu.ca or call HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002.


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For more information, contact:

Karen Hill
Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083

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