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Canada reports first severe case of swine flu

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Canada has reported its first severe case of swine flu — a young girl in Alberta — on a day when the case numbers continue to rise nationwide.

Ontario’s total number of cases almost doubled to 31 and British Columbia added 10 new cases, pushing the national total to 140.

In Alberta, health officials say a young girl in the Edmonton area has been hospitalized with a severe case of swine flu — the first such case reported in Canada.

Dr. Andre Corriveau, chief medical officer of health, declined to give specific information about the girl’s symptoms, or whether she is school-aged but says she is doing well.

The girl is one of six new swine flu cases in Alberta, bringing the province’s total to 24.

Prince Edward Island confirmed its first two cases Monday, Nova Scotia reported five new cases, and New Brunswick reported one new case.

In B.C., where the number of cases totals 39, the Northern Health Authority now says that a school that closed Friday near Burns Lake shut its doors after three students came down with the flu.

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