Saturday, November 07, 2009

Northern Health calms down some anxiety in Prince George

There were a few anxious hours in Prince George yesterday with a number of Friday afternoon reports from that city's media outlets that suggested that the Northern Health service area had possibly suffered its first H1N1 flu casualty.

Apparently not waiting for confirmation from Northern Health, they let a little speculation run ahead of the story, reporting on suspicions that a patient at the Prince George Hospital had passed away from complications from the virus which has spread across the province.

Opinion 250-- Northern Health May Have First H1N1 Death
Prince George Free Press-- First H1N1 death suspected in North
CKPG TV-- H1N1 Death Suspected at PGRH
CKPG TV-- Possible H1N1 death (view video report here)

Northern Health for its part, provided few details until they had completed their testing on Saturday, a move which seems a rather sensible strategy, rather than stoking the fires of potential panic in that community.

Saturday afternoon, they provided a press release outlining that the patient in question, a 39 year old man from Vanderhoof, while unfortunately having passed away, had not died due to any complications related to the H1N1 virus.

Their information release outlined that doctor's had originally suspected a co-relation with the H1N1 virus in his illness, but after test results were examined on Saturday they determined that the flu played little to no part in his passing.

So far to date, there are 14 patients in the Northern Health region listed as hospitalized due to the H1N1 virus.

Opinion 250-- Vanderhoof Man's Death Not Linked To H1N1
Prince George Free Press-- H1N1 ruled out as cause of death of man at hospital
CKPG TV-- Death at PGRH Not H1N1 Related

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