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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Canada : Quebec man dies after H1N1 infection

Via CBC News :

" Quebec man who recently returned from a trip to Cuba has died after contracting the H1N1 virus.

The Shawinigan resident, who was in his fifties, was not vaccinated against the virus.

Public health officials said the man fell ill after returning from Cuba last week.

He went to a local hospital and was transferred to a bigger centre in Montreal, where he died Sunday night, according to officials.

His death is an isolated case, and does not mark a third epidemic wave of swine flu, said Quebec's public health agency.

"We know now that there are many flu cases in Cuba," said Dr. Gilles Grenier, a public health director in the Shawinigan region.

"The hypothesis is that he got the virus over there, so it's really an isolated case."

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