The PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada) announced that as at the end of 22 May, 2009, the total number of confirmed swine flu cases is 805, including one death, in 9 provinces and 1 territory. Half of all confirmed human infections are under 22 years of age. 21 people have been hospitalized.
Below is geographical breakdown of all laboratory confirmed cases:
- British Columbia - confirmed cases 115
- Alberta - confirmed cases 94, 1 death
- Saskatchewan - confirmed cases 77
- Manitoba - confirmed cases 6
- Ontario - confirmed cases 294
- Quebec - confirmed cases 143
- New Brunswick - confirmed cases 2
- Nova Scotia - confirmed cases 70
- Prince Edward Island - confirmed cases 3
- Newfoundland - confirmed cases 0
- Yukon - confirmed cases 1
- Northwest Territories - confirmed cases 0
- Nunavut - confirmed cases 0
The number of reports of onset of symptoms peaked on 8th May, and has steadily dropped since that date, Health Canada reports. However, the government of Canada says it expects to see more cases of H1N1 infection. Fortunately, the majority of cases continue to be mild, says Health Canada.
Experts believe the next human flu season will be more intense than usual, partly because of the presence of this novel H1N1 virus strain (swine flu virus). However, so far this novel flu virus is nowhere near as virulent as was initially feared.
Written by Christian Nordqvist.