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    Nunavut reports 1st swine flu death
    Last Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2009 | 6:04 PM ET

    CBC News
    Nunavut chief medical officer Dr. Isaac Sobol confirmed the territory's first swine flu death on Thursday.

    A young Nunavut female patient died Wednesday from swine flu, marking the first death from the H1N1 influenza virus in the territory.

    Nunavut chief medical officer Dr. Isaac Sobol confirmed the death on Thursday.

    In a release, Sobol said the patient was medevaced from a community in the territory's Kivalliq region on June 24, after she was deemed to be a high-risk patient.

    She had been in critical condition for several weeks before she died Wednesday, Sobol said.

    "We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time," Sobol stated in the release.

    "While it is not unexpected that Nunavut would experience some deaths as a result of the H1N1 outbreak, the impact of this is felt throughout the region and our territory."

    The patient's identity, including her age, was not released Thursday. Officials also did not disclose her home community or where she was medevaced to.

    Last week, Nunavut health officials reported that a resident of both Nunavut and Alberta, who had died in an Alberta hospital, tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
    405 flu cases to date

    However, it was not clear what role the virus played in that death, since that patient had chronic, pre-existing health conditions.

    Nunavut has a total 405 lab-confirmed cases of swine flu as of Wednesday. Forty people have been hospitalized, with most of them already released.

    Most Nunavummiut who contracted swine flu have since recovered.

    Sobol warned that some people, including pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions, face a higher risk of suffering "severe complications" such as pneumonia or respiratory problems if they contract the swine flu.

    He urged those individuals to call their local health centre right away if they have the flu.

    The swine flu pandemic has been responsible for 45 deaths across Canada as of Wednesday. There are 10,156 confirmed cases across the country, including 1,115 hospitalizations.

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    Nunavut swine flu victim was pregnant

    Last Updated: Monday, July 20, 2009 | 3:13 PM CT Comments0Recommend4
    CBC News

    The Nunavut woman who died from swine flu last Wednesday was pregnant, the territory's Department of Health reported Monday.

    Pregnancy is one the underlying conditions that can cause complications for people with H1N1 influenza. It was Nunavut's first swine flu death.

    Details of a patient's health are normally confidential, but chief medical officer of health Isaac Sobol released the information Monday morning.

    Sobol said he checked first with the woman's family.

    He said he wants people to know there can be complications with the H1N1 virus in people with underlying or chronic conditions.

    Anybody who is pregnant, and thinks she is getting the flu should contact the health centre or a hospital immediately, Sobol said.

    He said treatment is most effective if administered within the first 48 hours of symptoms appearing.