Canada's confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases rise to 242
The total number of confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases in Canada has risen to 242, with 28 new cases confirmed on Friday, according to the latest figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Xinhua reported.
Among the 28 new cases added on Friday, nine are in Alberta, six in British Columbia, five in Ontario, four in Quebec, one in Prince Edward Island and three in Nova Scotia.
Alberta reported the country's first A/H1N1 flu related death on Friday.
The flu contributed to the death of a northern Alberta woman, said Andre Corriveau, Alberta's chief medical officer, at a press conference in the provincial capital Edmonton on Friday afternoon.
The woman had serious underlying medical conditions when she died on April 28. At that time doctors did not know she had A/H1N1 flu.
Health officials ordered further testing of the woman's remains after they learned on Tuesday she had been in contact with a family member who had a mild form of the H1N1 virus.
Late on Thursday, the Provincial Laboratory of Alberta confirmed the deceased had contracted the same virus.
Corriveau said it is not clear what role the new flu played in her death.