Thursday, April 30, 2009

The swine flu arrives in Northern British Columbia

“The severity of the illness will depend on the person’s level of health, how old you are, how fit you are, some will show nothing, and others will have symptoms.”-- Northern Health doctor William Osei, Medical Health officer for the Interior offering up a synopsis of the potential impact of flu in the Northern health region.

Northern Health has its first confirmed case of swine flu, or the H1N1 virus as its officially known.

A male resident of Prince George, recently returned from Mexico reported in at the Prince George Regional Hospital last Saturday, suffering symptoms of the virus. He had been vacationing in the Cancun region of Mexico and upon his return began to feel ill, it's suspected that his wife may also have become susceptible to the virus.

He is one of eleven reported cases in the province so far of the virus, including one case which has closed a school in Vernon for the next week after a student at Bearisto elementary came down with the virus.

Health officials are expecting more cases of the virus to be reported over the next few weeks as the infection rate rises with more contact with the provinces residents.

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