A 60-year-old man with influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, and other health problems is on life support at Toronto Western Hospital.

Sources say the man was admitted to hospital more than a week ago and was immediately put on a ventilator.

The man is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the hospital. It is not known how he contracted the virus.

While the province won’t provide many details, the health minister’s press secretary said the individual’s case of the H1N1 flu virus is “mild” and it is the individual’s underlying health problems that have made him so sick.

“So far, all the cases in Ontario have been mild,” Steve Erwin, spokesperson for David Caplan, said yesterday. “We can’t disclose what the condition of this patient is, but I can tell you ... the underlying condition of the case itself is very serious,” he explained, adding that patient confidentiality prohibits him from elaborating.

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