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Ontario H1N1 Swine Flu Update October 31: All Indicators Still Increasing. 2 New Deaths, 10 Toronto Clinics

B&W_AntigenicShift_HiResCropChecking out this week’s Influenza Bulletin, indications are that the Fall’s Swine Flu outbreak in Ontario is going to get worse before it gets better.  Unfortunately, the vaccine is just starting to become available.  This coming week, there will be 10 public clinics open in the greater Toronto area, but still only for those among the currently-eligible “high-risk” groups.

Sadly, two Ontarians died as a result of the virus this week.  To date (pdf), including over the summer:

“Thirty deaths have been reported among confirmed cases. Almost all of these fatalities (26/28 or 87%) were hospitalized prior to death… Of the fatal cases, 73% (22/30) occurred in individuals over the age of 40 years… [and] 26 (87%) had underlying chronic medical conditions reported.”

So Evan Frustaglio is a very sad exception to the general rule. 

Here’s some of this week’s data:

The graph below shows the total number of swine flu cases. The brown rising line on the left is the current situation (with 553 cases this week), and the green peak on the right is the data from the first swine flu wave this past summer.

Ontario Swine Flu Cases total October 30 2009

This graph shows hospitalizations due to swine flu. It lags a bit because the relevant records have to wend their way into the relevant database, but you get the picture.

Ontario Swine Flu hospitalizations Oct 30

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