Canada reports third death from H1N1 virus

June 2nd, 2009 - 10:37 am ICT by IANS  

Toronto, June 2 (IANS) Canada reported its third death from swine flu Monday.
A 60-year-old man, who was on life support at a city hospital, has died, health authorities said. The H1N1 virus and congestive heart failure were the reason behind his death at Toronto Western Hospital.

However, authorities are sceptical whether the H1N1 virus was a contributory factor in the death. This is the second death in Toronto from the virus which came to Canada immediate after its outbreak in Mexico.

Earlier, a 44-year-old man in the city’s Scarborough area died from the virus May 23. With today’s death, the toll from the virus in Canada has risen to three.

A 39-year-old woman in Alberta was the first Canadian to die from the virus in April. So far, 1,530 cases of H1N1 flu have been reported in the country.

As many as 57 people have been admitted to hospital after showing symptoms of the virus. Most of these cases have been reported in and around Toronto.

The health authorities have taken extra-ordinary precautions this time after the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in 2003 which caught them off-guard and claimed 44 lives.

-Indo-Asian News Service

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