Monday, January 06, 2014

H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak in Canada

About a thousand people in the province of Alberta, Canada, suspected of being infected H1N1 flu strain. According to the local provincial health officials, the flu outbreak has claimed five victims were killed, while 250 others were hospitalized.

"Some of this week, we saw a tremendous increase in cases of influenza in Alberta. Generally the infected are young and healthy adults," said Fred Horne, the official.

He said they are now undergoing treatment or workers are generally younger. According to Horne, so far only one of the five people in Alberta who received influenza vaccine. Reflecting this situation, he warned its citizens to immediately obtain the vaccine for self defense.

Province of Alberta is currently extending service hours to give the flu vaccine. Expected before February, which is the peak month of the flu, most people have received the vaccine.

"The attack has resulted in full flu treatment room in the emergency room. Attacks also started to restrict access to a bed in the hospital, and other health care facilities," said Horne.

Public Health Agency of Canada states, about 90 percent of cases of flu season this time due to the H1N1 virus. Previous The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said H1N1 attack predominantly young and adult patients.

In 2009, H1N1 has also been causing a pandemic with more than 203 thousand deaths. H1N1 attacks often called swine flu, since the virus was first discovered in these animals. Researchers generally identify the victims young and living in certain parts of the American continent, such as Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Although in 2010 the WHO declared the H1N1 pandemic has been controlled, in fact, the virus persists in the flu season. According to the CDC, it is also common in the United States.

In the CDC report said that in 2013 there were more than 1,500 cases of H1N1 attack that successfully authenticated. Some adults from Texas died from swine flu, including some teenagers from Houston. Some reports said the attack had spread H1N1 to Alaska, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming.

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