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Flu-related deaths in Saskatchewan hits 16; surpasses pandemic year

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA - The number of flu-related deaths in Saskatchewan is up to 16 from 12, surpassing the number of people who died in the 2009 pandemic.

Fifteen people died in Saskatchewan during that H1N1 outbreak.

Dr. Denise Werker, the province's deputy medical health officer, says what's unusual is that men are two times more likely to die or be admitted to intensive care compared to women.

Werker says none of the 16 people who died were vaccinated.

There have been more than 1,100 lab confirmed cases of flu this year and 57 people have been admitted to intensive care.

Werker says the flu season has probably peaked in Saskatchewan overall, but she cautions that influenza activity has just begun to take off in the northern part of the province.

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