Alberta confirms woman with swine flu and underlying health problems dies

Alberta Health officials say a woman with swine flu and underlying health problems has died.

EDMONTON — Alberta Health officials say a woman with swine flu and underlying health problems has died.

Dr. Andre Corriveau, the province’s chief medical officer of health, says it’s the first death associated with the flu in Canada.

He says the woman from northern Alberta, who died on April 28, had serious underlying medical conditions.

Health officials went back and tested her remains after a relative contracted a mild form of the H1N1 virus on May 5.

Corriveau says it’s not clear what role the swine flu played in her death.

He is reminding people that about 4,000 Canadians die each year from the flu.

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