perfectly healthy individual who died of swine flu although older than
2 years old and younger than 60 years old.
There are many others but are not reported by the media or officials.
Please note that this is happening in Canada that is experiencing an
off-flu season, i.e. summer.
Just pray that doctors can find the true underlying conditions that
led to this death, so that we may take precautions. Otherwise, we are
in big trouble especially when vaccines are not ready yet.
Girl, 6, dies of swine flu
Brampton school still open
By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU CHIEF
Last Updated: 23rd June 2009, 3:19am
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A six-year-old Brampton girl with no apparent underlying medical
conditions has died within about a day of first showing symptoms of
the human swine flu.
Dr. David Mowat, Peel's medical officer of health, said there have
been no other confirmed cases at the girl's school which remains open,
but there were a couple of mild cases of H1N1 in her extended family.
Dr. Arlene King, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, said the
child began experiencing symptoms like coughing and fever and died the
following day on June15 without having been hospitalized.
"While the H1N1 flu virus appears to have been a factor in the girl's
death, the exact role the virus played is under investigation by the
office of the chief coroner," King said. "We're also investigating
whether the child had any underlying medical conditions."
King said influenza usually comes on quickly and then fades over four
or five days.
THOUSANDS OF CASES
Ontario has had 2,665 confirmed cases of H1N1 and four people who
tested positive have died, although the previous three victims all had
medical conditions that put them at greater risk of complications.
The virus is in broad circulation in the Toronto area, and Peel alone
has about 500 cases.
Twenty-four people were in hospital with H1N1 virus as of June 19.
"Symptoms to watch for are fever, cough, fatigue, lack of appetite and
sore throat -- in some instances, people with H1N1, have also reported
vomiting and diarrhea," King said.
Parents who are concerned about flu-like symptoms in their child
should contact their family doctor or call Telehealth Ontario
at1-866-797-0000 for advice.
King said there is no indication that the virus has evolved into a
more dangerous strain.
Officials did not identify the victim or her school.