H1N1 turning out to be less deadly than seasonal flu: Dr. Butler-Jones
Monday, November 16th, 2009 7:28 am
Toronto - Canada's chief public health officer said H1N1 is turning out to be less deadly than seasonal flu.
Dr. David Butler-Jones told the National Post that between 2,000 to 8,000 Canadians die from the seasonal flu each year.
So far, about 161 Canadians have died from H1N1.
Butler-Jones estimated up to eight per cent of Canadians have been infected with H1N1.
But the new virus is disproportionately infecting more children and otherwise healthy young adults than the seasonal flu does.
Over 1,300 people are currently in hospital with H1N1.