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H1N1 flu claims five lives in Canada's Alberta province

Published on Jan 4, 2014 3:03 AM

MONTREAL (AFP) - An H1N1 flu outbreak in Alberta has sickened nearly 1,000 people and killed five, the Canadian province's health minister said Friday, urging everyone to get vaccinated.

"Over the past few weeks, we have seen a surge in the number of influenza cases across Alberta. Many of those affected are healthy young adults," Health Minister Fred Horne said in a statement.

In total, 965 cases of the flu have been confirmed by health authorities in the province, with just more than 250 requiring hospitalisation, he explained.

"Sadly, five Albertans admitted to the ICU have died," Mr Horne said, emphasizing that the age and health of the patients was unusual. "It is concerning that we are seeing younger, working-age adults being hospitalized," he said.

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