There are 97 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta and some are of the H1N1 pandemic strain seen in 2009, says Alberta Health Services.
"The predominant strain is influenza A and in the last three weeks we are seeing H1N1, which was the pandemic strain," said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, medical officer of health for AHS South Zone. "The influenza vaccine this year does cover the H1N1 strain."
Suttorp was not able to say on Wednesday how many of the 97 confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta have the H1N1 strain.
There is also no explanation as to why there are H1N1 cases, said Suttorp, but the province is already seeing little kids with this strain.
In the south zone there have been six laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far but the numbers are typical for this time of year. There are no statistics available for just Medicine Hat.
"Be proactive, get the influenza vaccine," said Suttorp. "Be ahead of the wave. It takes two weeks for the immunity to kick in."
The vaccine is available through many pharmacies and family physicians.
Suttorp says the vaccine is not a guarantee you will not get sick but if you do it will not be as prolonged or as severe.
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"No vaccine is 100 per cent but it confers a level of immunity," said Suttorp.
Anyone experiencing influenza symptoms should stay home, said Suttorp, who suggests following your instincts regarding whether you need to see a physician. The other option is to call Health Link Alberta 1-866-408-5465 for advice on seeing see a doctor.
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[Breaking] Hangzou H7N9 Outbreak Also Likely Hospital Acquired
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, seems to be a system foreign to the Chinese public health outlets, as we never get all three facets of the truth from them at the same time. It seems to us that Chinese have been molding information releases, possibly to control societal angst
The case of the Zhejiang cluster also seems to fit that disclosure pattern. On December 1st we noted that there were possibly two H7N9 cases in Zhejiang, on December 6 the Chinese announced that there was a 2nd case and that he was a relative of the first case.
At that time, the authorities played down the human to human transmission aspect and pointed towards the 6 chickens owned by the family. Today we find out that the 2nd H7N9 patient was the stepson of the 1st H7N9 patient and did NOT live with him. But rather, the stepson only had direct contact with the stepfather AFTER he started looking after him at the hospital.
By Stefan Steinberg
10 December 2013
After a large demonstration on Sunday demanding the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, the situation remained extremely tense on Monday in Kiev. While a few thousand demonstrators stayed in the city centre to block government buildings, police and elite security forces surrounded them and threatened to remove them.
The government has set an ultimatum to demonstrators expiring at midnight, at which time all occupied buildings are supposed to be vacated.
Russia' Itar-Tass agency reported that around 6,000 security personnel had moved into Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), where demonstrators had gathered and cordoned off the square with barricades.
Retired Chinese diplomat Sha Zukang has called on the US, Japan and China to avoid a major conflict in the Asia-Pacific region over "those two tiny rocks" in the East China Sea.
The former Chinese ambassador to the UN was referring to the tensions after China announced a new Air Defense Identification Zone over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, the China Times reported.
Washington and its ally in the region Tokyo both strongly criticized Beijing' decision.
"If China started a war with Japan, it would be much larger than both the Sino-Japanese War and World War II," Sha told China' outlet the Global Times.
CHINA - A 30-year-old man was confirmed to have been infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus in east China's Zhejiang province, local health authorities said Friday.
The patient, surnamed Yu, is a native of Anji county, Zhejiang. He is being treated at the First Hospital affiliated with the Medical College of Zhejiang University, said the provincial health department.
He is in critical condition with a fever of 39.5 degrees Celsius, said Liang Weifeng, a doctor with the hospital.