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Manitoba has few flu cases to date

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Manitoba still has a "low-ish" number of flu cases and the wave of illness is nearly half over, said the province's top public health doctor.

Manitoba Health reported late Thursday there have been 45 lab-confirmed cases so far, most of them the H1N1 strain. That's up a little from Dec. 28, when Manitoba Health reported 39 cases.

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There have been no deaths connected to the flu yet, but the province is investigating a death two weeks ago that may be related to influenza. Chief Public Health Officer Michael Routledge said the patient exhibited several symptoms not associated with the flu and doctors are working to determine the exact cause of death.

Unlike Alberta and other provinces, Manitoba has a relatively low number of flu cases, in part because it continued to vaccinate for H1N1 following the 2009 pandemic year.

Routledge said waves of influenza typically last six weeks, and Manitoba is nearing the middle of its latest wave. The prevalence of the flu is comparable to past years.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 10, 2014 0

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