Central Zone records first flu death

Fifteen people have now died in the province from the seasonal flu, with one in the Central Zone, according to an update from Alberta Health on Thursday.

Fifteen people have now died in the province from the seasonal flu, with one in the Central Zone, according to an update from Alberta Health on Thursday.

The first death from the seasonal flu to hit the Central Zone this year occurred sometime since Alberta Health’s last update on Jan. 15.

There have been 10 deaths in the Calgary Zone, three in the Edmonton Zone and one in the North Zone.

So far this season, there have been a total of 2,531 confirmed Influenza A cases in Alberta. That number is 429 in the Central Zone. H1N1 is a subtype of Influenza A.

Across the province, 572 Albertans have been hospitalized due to the flu. Twenty-six are in ICUs due to “influenza-like illness.”

In the Central Zone, 54 have been hospitalized and two people are currently in ICUs.

As of Thursday, 89,031 people in the Central Zone had been vaccinated.

In a separate isolated case, a Red Deer woman died recently from H5N1 flu. No other cases of that strain of flu have been reported.

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