Alberta reports first Canadian death from H1N1 flu

Fri May 8, 2009 2:34pm EDT
 
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A woman from the Canadian province of Alberta has died from the H1N1 flu, a provincial medical official said on Friday, making her the first Canadian fatality attributed to the virus.

Dr. Andre Corriveau, the province's chief medical officer said the woman was in her thirties and had not traveled to Mexico, the center of the flu outbreak.

"We have our first fatality in Alberta that's associated with the H1N1 flu," Corriveau told reporters.

The victim, who died on April 28, had a number of unspecified pre-existing medical conditions. Officials tested for the presence of the virus after a family member who attended her funeral contracted a mild case of the disease.

Alberta has reported 42 cases of the H1N1 virus. Most of those cases have been mild and until the reported death, only one case, a young girl from the provincial capital of Edmonton, was considered severe enough to require hospitalization.

Mexico, which has been at the center of the outbreak, has reported 45 deaths from the virus while the United States has reported two deaths from the disease.

(Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Will Dunham and Jackie Frank)