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Canada has world’s highest rate of confirmed cases of A/H1N1, with Aboriginal people hardest hit

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2746 (Published 06 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2746
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Calgary, Alberta

    A Canadian researcher has called on Canada’s federal and provincial governments to be more forthright about the evidence that, per person, Canada is the country in the world hit hardest by the A/H1N1 flu virus. Moreover within Canada, he says, Aboriginal people are being hit much harder by the pandemic than the general population.

    Alan Davidson, an associate professor and programme coordinator of health studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), pointed out in a letter to a Canadian national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, on 26 June that Canada had 20 reported cases of A/H1N1 flu per 100 000 people. Dr Davidson noted that, according to the World Health Organization, the worldwide prevalence of A/H1N1 then was less than one …

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