Canada reports fifth A/H1N1 flu death

Other News Materials 14 June 2009 06:54 (UTC +04:00)

A man in his 40s has died after contracting the A/H1N1 flu, becoming the fifth person died of the virus in Canada, health officials announced Saturday, Xinhua reported.

The man was from Montreal and had underlying health problems that had weakened his immune system, Dr. Alain Poirier, Quebec's director of public health, said in Montreal.

He is the second victim of the virus in Quebec province, after an elderly woman died last week.

Two men from Toronto and one woman from northern Alberta have previously died of the disease.

As of Friday, the total number of confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases stood at 3,515, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The agency says just over five percent of the cases in this country have been treated in hospital, and estimates a quarter of those hospitalized had an underlying medical condition.