Leaders with a northern Manitoba First Nation say they're dealing with an H1N1 influenza outbreak, with dozens of cases reported to date.

About 30 H1N1 influenza cases have been reported in the Garden Hill First Nation, says David Harper, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), the organization representing northern chiefs.

Harper, a former Garden Hill chief, told CBC News the community ran out of flu vaccines on Tuesday and it did not receive an anticipated shipment on Thursday.

The grand chief confirmed that three people with H1N1 were airlifted from Garden Hill to Winnipeg earlier this week for treatment.


The First Nations community of Garden Hill is located about 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg. (Google Maps)

Band Coun. Gabby Munroe said current flu numbers in the community are worse than last year, when officials closed schools, daycares and the hockey arena to slow down the spread of the flu.

"Any community would be very concerned, especially with something as serious as H1N1," he said.

Munroe said other communities would not send any of their flu vaccines to Garden Hill.

Garden Hill, located about 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg, had 50 confirmed H1N1 flu cases during an outbreak in 2009. Three people died.

Flu season underway in Manitoba

Manitoba health officials said Thursday that 45 cases of lab-confirmed influenza have been reported to date.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Michael Routledge said there is no indication of widespread transmission of the illness.

No fatalities have been confirmed, although one case is being reviewed for the possibility it may have been a contributing factor in someone's death, he said.

This season's flu vaccine protects against the H1N1 influenza A strain as well as two other strains of the flu, according to the province. 

Officials say Manitobans who have not yet received their flu shot this year can get one by seeing their health-care provider or community public health clinic.