May 25, 2009 / 8:46 PM / in 9 years

Canada records second H1N1 flu-related death

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canada has recorded its second death linked to the H1N1 swine flu strain, health officials said on Monday.

A 44-year-old Toronto man with a chronic pre-existing medical problem died after contracting the flu, according to the province of Ontario’s acting chief medical officer, David Williams.

“It is not clear what role the H1N1 virus played in the fatality, which is now under investigation by the office of the chief coroner,” William’s office said in a statement.

Canada had confirmed 805 H1N1 flu cases as of Friday. Most involved mild symptoms, but 21 required hospitalization, according to federal health officials.

Canada’s first H1N1-related death involved an Alberta woman who was also suffering from medical problems before catching the virus.

Mexico remains the epicenter of the disease outbreak, which the World Health Organization says has been detected in 46 countries and has killed more than 90 people globally.

Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Peter Galloway

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