It may not seem as virulent as first feared but the new strain of flu has proved fatal in another country.
After Mexico and the United States, Canada has reported a death linked to the virus. Authorities say the victim was a woman in her 30s. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Andre Corriveau told a news conference: “This is the first one that we can document in Canada that is related to this H1N1 but, as is often the case, also there were a number of pre-existing medical conditions that actually even at the time the physicians who were taking care of her were not thinking about flu as a possibility.” It brings the confirmed global toll of those killed by HIN1 to 48. But it has made more than 3,000 people ill in over two dozen countries and continues to spread. As efforts intensify to find a vaccine, Italy and Brazil reported cases of the strain transmitted within their respective borders, while Australia and Japan announced their first confirmed cases.