Confirmed case of H1N1 flu in Prince George

The Influenza A (H1N1) virus has made its way to Northern BC, but not yet to Fort St. John.

Northern Health spokesperson Eryn Collins says there is one confirmed case in Prince George, although the patient is recovering.  Thursday the CDC changed the name of the flu from Swine Flu to H1N1.

In a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Danuta Skowronski with the BC Centre for Disease Control announced there is a case in the Northern Health region, but refused to give an exact location.

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However, in the same breath, she said safety is the biggest priority.

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It was only later this afternoon that Northern Health’s Eryn Collins confirmed the case is in Prince George.

As of 2:45pm on Thursday, there are 34 confirmed cases in Canada alone, with 11 of those being in British Columbia.

The World Health Organization announced on Thursday it would refer to the illness as Influenza A (H1N1), from now on, to alleviate concerns about the dangers of pork.

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