Alberta flu death toll climbs to 43 for 201617 season


Alberta has recorded 43 flu-related deaths so far during the 2016-17 season.

On Thursday, Alberta Health Services (AHS) released its latest report on the province’s influenza statistics.

The data showed 14 deaths had occurred in the Edmonton zone so far this season, up one from the week before. In the North zone, the death toll climbed to three from two.

AHS doesn’t provide any details on the deaths (other than where they occurred) due to privacy concerns.

The first flu-related death in Alberta was reported in Calgary in a report released on Dec. 1.

So far this season, there have been 3,320 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A, 57 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza B, and 1,138 Albertans have been admitted to hospital.

Over 1.1 million Albertans have received flu shots.

According to AHS, 62 flu-related deaths were reported in Alberta during the last flu season.