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BC records fourth H1N1 death

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control today confirmed a fourth death from pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza. The death occurred in Vancouver Coastal Health.

In the same update, BCCDC confirmed 42 new H1N1 cases, 19 of them in Fraser Health. The total number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now 676.

This, however, will be the last week that the province reports individual confirmed cases. The Ministry of Health Services announced yesterday:

While the Province continues to count individual confirmed cases, starting next week, the weekly report will include only severe confirmed H1N1 cases (hospitalizations and deaths).

Reporting will continue on a weekly basis, posted online each Tuesday at noon in conjunction with the reporting schedule of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The full count of individual cases will remain available on the national FluWatch website.

Elsewhere in the world, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported 774 new cases in Europe in the last 24 hours, with one fatality.

In the rest of the world, ECDC said: "Outside of the EU and EFTA countries, a total of 2,308 new cases have been reported within the last 24 hours," with 17 deaths. "Globally, the total number of confirmed and reported influenza A(H1N1)v cases to date is 215,090, including 1,735 deaths."

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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