Swine flu declines but kills six more in Canada
OTTAWA – Swine Flu has taken six more lives in Canada in a one week period ending on Thursday.
The lab-confirmed Canadian death toll from the pandemic virus reached 416 on Jan. 7 with deaths reported in B.C., Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador where three people died in one week.
The latest deaths, including one in B.C. and two in Quebec, are in addition to nine people who died the week before.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, Swine Flu has so far killed 54 people in B.C., 69 in Alberta, 15 in Saskatchewan, 10 in Manitoba, 121 in Ontario, 108 in Quebec, 8 in New Brunswick, 7 in Nova Scotia, 19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 3 in Yukon and one each in Northwest terriroties and Nunavut.
The second wave of the flu peaked around Nov. 14.
Over 7,000 people have been hospitalized in Canada since Aug. 30 and the total hospitalizations since April stand at 8,436. Out of those, 1,404 were sent to ICU, with almost 50 per cent of them placed on life support. (Data accurate to Dec. 19.)
PHAC said figures indicate that people with underlying medical conditions such as heart problems, asthama and diabetes were 14 times more likely to die from Swine Flu than those without underlying medical conditions.
“Comparing the rates of hospitalization, ICU admissions and deaths between those with underlying medical conditions and those without since the beginning of the pandemic, those with underlying medical conditions were almost 5 times more likely to be hospitalized, 7 times more likely to be admitted to ICU and more than 14 times more likely to die compared to those without underlying medical conditions,” PHAC said in its Dec. 19 edition of FluWatch.