Third death from influenza confirmed in N.L.

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Three people in Newfoundland have died as a result of seasonal influenza, according to the provincial health minister.

A second death occurred in the western region of the island, involving a person in their 40s. And a third death, an elderly person with an underlying medical problem, was reported to have died later in the week.

Up to now, the 182 reported laboratory cases of influenza in Newfoundland and Labrador have predominantly involved the H1N1 strain, though it has not been confirmed whether that was the case with this latest death.

Minister Susan Sullivan said the second death occurred over the Jan. 19 weekend and involved significant underlying conditions.

She also confirmed the first death attributed to influenza this season involved a person in their 50s. That death occurred within the eastern region of Newfoundland.

According to the province, for the previous flu season there were nine influenza-related deaths this time last year and 15 for its duration.

Last week, influenza clinics across the province expanded services to treat residents between the ages of two and 59 years.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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