Flu Deaths In Saskatchewan Hit 16, Surpass Pandemic Year

Sunday, January 26, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Jennifer Graham

REGINA – The number of flu-related deaths in Saskatchewan is up to 16 from 12, surpassing the number of people who died in the 2009 pandemic.

Fifteen people died in Saskatchewan during that H1N1 outbreak.

Dr. Denise Werker, the province’s deputy medical health officer, says there have been more than 1,100 lab confirmed cases of flu this year and 57 people have been admitted to intensive care.

“What we are seeing is an incredible toll this season in terms of influenza and that is related most likely to the H1N1 virus, the strain that is circulating this season,” she said Friday.

There’s an unusual shift in the people affected, Werker added.

“What’s interesting in terms of the admissions and deaths is that men are two times more likely to have been admitted to intensive care and to die as compared to women,” she said.

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