H1N1 flu death confirmed in Okanagan

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

A woman in her 50s died after contracting the flu virus, officials say

CBC.ca
Jan 07, 2014

An Okanagan woman in her 50s is dead after contracting the H1N1 influenza virus, a spokesperson for Interior Health has confirmed.

This is the first death related to the H1N1 virus in the Okanagan this flu season. It follows another death in December on Vancouver Island that Island Health officials said was related to H1N1, as well as other contributing factors.

Dr. Rob Parker, medical health officer with Interior Health, said he couldn’t give any more details about the victim out of respect for the family’s right to privacy.

“I think the main learning is that influenza is circulating widely and there’s still time for people to get their flu shot if they haven’t had it yet,” said Parker.

Parker says the number of confirmed cases of H1N1 in the interior is now up to 35, as the virus continues to surge across the province.

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