Ontario reports two more swine flu deaths

Ontario is reporting an additional two deaths associated with the swine flu for a national total of 41.

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting an additional two deaths associated with the swine flu for a national total of 41.

Ontario now has 14 deaths and more than 3,636 confirmed cases of H1N1.

Across Canada, there have been more than 9,700 cases of the H1N1 since the outbreak began, and most have been mild.

There have now been 41 deaths of Canadians who had swine flu: 15 in Quebec, 14 in Ontario, six in Manitoba, three in Saskatchewan and three in Alberta.

Nationwide, the common flu sends about 20,000 Canadians to hospital each year.

The Public Health Agency’s website says between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians can die of influenza and its complications annually, depending on the severity of the season.

Ontario reports an average of 9,000 cases of seasonal flu each year, and approximately 500 deaths.