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Comanche Co. man's death likely swine flu related

Associated Press - October 8, 2009 8:05 AM ET

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Health officials in Comanche County say swine flu complications likely led to the death of a Comanche County man.

The man's name and age were not released.

The county's health department says the man died Wednesday and that he had other medical conditions that put him at increased risk of complications from swine flu.

The death would be at least the fifth in Oklahoma related to swine flu - also known as the H1N1 virus.

County health departments across the state began distributing the first batch of 21,100 doses of vaccinations this week. Another 44,000 doses are expected to arrive in Oklahoma next week.

Information from: The Lawton Constitution

 

http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=11279011

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Fourth Person Dies of Swine Flu in Polk

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Published: Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 3:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 3:12 p.m.

BARTOW | A fourth person has died in Polk County from the HIN1 swine flu, the Polk County Health Department has announced.

The victim is described only has a 56-year-old woman who had underlying medical conditions. The Health Department said in a press release confirmation of swine flu was received today. Health Department policy is not to identify a swine flu victim by name, hometown, what day the death occurred or give the nature of the underlying health condition.

However, the Health Department said in a press release that the woman had no direct connections to previous deaths, and that she did not live in the same area of the county as previously reported cases.

In September, a 46-year-old woman died from the flu in September. The first Polk victim was identified as 31-year-old Michael Lester, who had worked at McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales. His death was reported July 16. A second man, a 34-year-old with an underlying medical condition, died Aug. 26.

 
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Swine flu-related death confirmed in Washoe County


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3:41 p.m. October 8, 2009

RENO, Nev. Health officials say a second death related to the swine flu has been confirmed in Washoe County.

Officials say the man between 25 and 49 years old died last week. He had underlying health conditions.

The Washoe District Health Department last month reported the swine flu-related death of a woman between 25 and 49 who had underlying health conditions.

Washoe District Health Department data show there were 90 new cases of swine flu reported in the county last week, for a total of 833 since April 29.

Three of the new cases required hospitalization and 51 of the new cases were in the age group of 5 to 18.

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/oct/08/nv-swine-flu-nevada-100809/?california%20&%20the%20west

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Sister of UT employee also dies of swine flu

Death brings to four number of swine flu deaths in Travis County.

By Mary Ann Roser
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Friday, October 09, 2009

The sister of a University of Texas employee who died Sept. 27 of swine flu has also succumbed to the H1N1 virus, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department has confirmed.

Sylvia Duran, 35, died Wednesday. She was in intensive care with pneumonia during the funeral for her 42-year-old sister, Linda Duran, sibling Olga Duran said last week.

Health department spokeswoman Carole Barasch said Sylvia Duran was morbidly obese, which preliminary studies suggest may increase the risk of hospitalization and death in people with H1N1, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Patients with morbid obesity, and perhaps obesity, often have underlying conditions that put them at increased risk for complications due to 2009 H1N1 influenza infection, such as diabetes, asthma, chronic respiratory illness or liver disease," the CDC says.

Linda Duran, who worked at UT's print shop for 15 years, had diabetes, a condition that also made her more susceptible to complications from flu, Olga Duran said. Linda Duran also had pneumonia and congestive heart failure while hospitalized at St. David's Medical Center, she said.

Sylvia Duran was a UT graduate with a degree in Mexican American studies, according to an obituary.

Her death is the fourth attributed to the H1N1 virus in Travis County.

In August, a 14-year-old Austin boy died in a San Antonio hospital of swine flu. He had a staphylococcus infection that made him more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from flu, state health officials said. Travis County's first H1N1 flu death occurred in June when Ron Stowe, 49, of Pflugerville died. His wife said Stowe, a father of four, had no underlying health conditions and was in perfect health before he fell ill with flu.

As of last week, there were 52 swine flu deaths in Texas, said Doug McBride, spokesman for the Department of State Health Services. The state will next updates its weekly count today, McBride said.

The seasonal flu season recently began, but doctors don't expect to see many cases until late fall. Deaths from seasonal flu vary each year in Travis County: six in 2008; none in 2007; and four in 2006.

Hospital officials said earlier this week that they are seeing a slight increase in college-age people and adults with swine flu in their emergency rooms. But ER visits by children have fallen this week, prompting doctors to wonder whether the illness has peaked locally in children 15 and younger, according to Dr. Pat Crocker, chief of emergency medicine at Dell Children's Medical Center.

Dell Children's reported that it had experienced a sudden decrease in flu illness Wednesday, seeing just 114 people compared with more than 200 a day in recent weeks.

 
Swine flu generally causes mild to moderate illness, but it can be serious in
pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.
 
 
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Is this the first report we've read where illness/death was in more than one family member?
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i thought there was a case of young adult brother and sister in the summer in Indiana........will have to look for more information.  makes you wonder why two family members would pass away, since h1n1 is "no worse than seasonal flu"..............wonder how often multiple family members succomb to the regular flu?
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I remember that story--you're right, it was in Indiana. The two were college-age; maybe a little older? The brother died quickly, and his sister died a few weeks later--I think she had been in the hospital for much of that time. Utter nightmare.

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i thought there was a case of young adult brother and sister in the summer in Indiana........will have to look for more information.  makes you wonder why two family members would pass away, since h1n1 is "no worse than seasonal flu"..............wonder how often multiple family members succomb to the regular flu?
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I also posted this in Ohio.
 
H1N1 flu kills 14-year-old Columbus boy
Second local death attributed to swine flu
Friday,  October 9, 2009 8:40 AM
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

A 14-year-old Columbus boy has died of the H1N1 flu, according to city health officials.

He died last night at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

No other information was immediately available.

This is the second Columbus death attributed to the virus, also known as swine flu, and the first to claim a child.

"As a parent, my heart goes out to this child's family," Dr. Teresa Long, Columbus Public Health Commissioner said in a release.

 "As a physician, this tragedy reinforces that the H1N1 virus is in our community, and poses a risk to us all, especially children, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions. We urge parents and all residents - to get an H1N1 vaccine when they are available and to take every day steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and the entire community."

Kelsey Young, a 20-year-old Columbus woman, became ill with H1N1 flu while pregnant and died Sept. 3 after delivering a healthy baby a week before.

Columbus Public Health will hold a news conference about the boy's death at 10 a.m.

U.S. health officials are not tracking how many illnesses and deaths have been caused by H1N1. Government doctors stopped counting H1N1 cases in July, when they estimated more than 1 million were infected in this country.

The number of deaths has been sitting at more than 600 since early September. Health officials had previously counted lab-confirmed cases, though the tally was skewed because many people who got sick never were tested.

Pediatric deaths are reportable, but not adult cases.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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Naperville student died of H1N1 flu

Friday, October 09, 2009 | 11:57 AM

Students mourn high school freshman's death

  By Jason Knowles

October 9, 2009 (NAPERVILLE, Ill.) (WLS) -- DuPage County health officials confirmed Friday that a 14-year-old Naperville North high school student died of the swine flu.

A spokesperson from the DuPage County health department tells ABC7 the lab results came in late Friday morning. Previously, the official cause of Michelle Fahle's death was not known.

The 14-year-old died unexpectedly Thursday morning.

"My first reaction is I started crying. I mean, it's horrible. My daughter's 15. So, to have a 14-year-old girl die, it just breaks my heart, and I'm so sorry for her family. And I can't imagine. And if it's connected with the swine flu, it's very scary," said Carol Dunne, a concerned parent.  

Students at Naperville North high school are mourning the loss of their classmate as they remain on guard about the possibility of the flu spreading. Approximately 3,100 students attend Naperville North.

"Well, I'm just in shock about it all," said student Erin Dunne. "I just think, take more careful precautions about it, like, wash your hands more."

Warning letters went out to parents, and the school's principal reminded the news media earlier Friday morning that there was not yet an official cause of death.

The principal also says the school has a regular cleaning procedure that has been in place since the swine flu outbreak in the spring, and that school leaders are working with health officials to stop a potential spread of a virus.

"We're extremely vigilant about reporting our absences to the DuPage County health. We've been doing that since the spring, as all other county high schools have been doing, and we report also symptoms that are reported to us by parents and staff when they call in and say that there's an absence," said Kevin Pobst, Naperville North principal.

Classes have been cancelled for Friday because of teacher conferences and on Monday for Columbus Day. However, crisis counselors will be at the school to speak with students.

A friend has set up a Facebook page in Fahle's honor. More than 700 students have signed up.

"Michelle was a fun girl. She loved helping out everyone. She always welcomed everyone with a smile. She loved making jokes during French class," said friend Frances Foley.

ABC7 Chicago is told the DuPage County health department would release more information about the case later Friday

 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 14-year-old boy has died from complications of the H1N1 flu.

Columbus Public Health officials have identified the boy as Jon Fowler, 14.

The teen was a patient at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

This is the fourth confirmed swine flue related death in Ohio.
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Here is the article dated July 29, 2009 about the siblings in Indiana who passed away from complications of the swine flu

 

Brother and Sister Die 3 Weeks Apart Due to Swine Flu

 

Indiana has now experienced a total of three reported swine flu deaths. Matt, 19, and Mindy, 26, fell ill a few days after getting home from Kings Island. Matt was the fist reported swine flu death in Indiana; an unidentified person passed away.

Matt's sister, Mindy, was the third person to die from the H1N1 influenza virus. Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Monroe stated "that no one should consider themselves immune." In April, there were 291 confirmed cases in the state.

Reports show that about 40% of those who have died had pulmonary problems; about another 30% reportedly had "other underlying conditions." Officials advise anyone who is believed to have the virus to isolate themselves from others.

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State confirms 2 new swine flu deaths (ID)

http://www.idahostatesman.com/IdahoNews/story/930023.html

MOSCOW, Idaho State public health officials say swine flu is a contributor in the death of two more Idaho residents.

Public health officials confirmed Thursday that a Latah County woman in her 50s died in the last week from swine flu complications. Officials later Thursday confirmed the death of a Canyon County woman, also in her 50s, from swine flu.

The virus has now been linked to the deaths of four people in Idaho since late September.


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La. swine flu deaths grow to 20

http://www.nola.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/national-69/125511092648800.xml&storylist=louisiana

(AP) BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's death toll from swine flu has risen to 20, as health care providers this week started doling out the first round of vaccines for the virus.

The Department of Health and Hospitals says that six more deaths were confirmed Friday: three women from the Baton Rouge area, a man from the Shreveport area and children from the Monroe and St. Tammany Parish regions.


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Health Department reports first swine flu death in Pueblo County (CO)

http://www.chieftain.com/articles/2009/10/09/news/breaking_news/doc4acfa629d35a4803496922.txt

Swine flu killed its first Pueblo County resident this week, health officials said Friday, even as the first shipment of vaccine arrived at the new Pueblo City-County Health Department.

Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods, executive director of the department, announced the flu death at an afternoon press conference. She was joined by local government officials to explain how swine flu vaccine will be distributed in the coming weeks, but had to first report the county's first flu death.

She would only describe the victim as a young person who may have also suffered from complications.

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Luke Air Force airman dies from Swine Flu complications (AZ)

http://www.abc15.com/content/news/westvalley/litchfieldpark/story/Luke-Air-Force-airman-dies-from-Swine-Flu/w5WI9UODiEqBIbZ8Gu9Q1w.cspx

GLENDALE, AZ -- The swine flu is blamed for the death of an airman from Luke Air Force Base.
 
According to an Air Force news release, 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Shawn Rankin died October 4th at his off-base Glendale residence.  

According to preliminary autopsy results from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, the cause of death is complications with the H1N1 virus (swine flu).

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Yuma County man dies from swine flu complications (AZ)

http://www.kswt.com/Global/story.asp?S=11290638

Associated Press - October 9, 2009 8:04 PM ET

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Yuma County health officials are reporting the county's first death this year from the swine flu virus.

The Yuma County Public Health Services District says a man in his 40s died Friday from complications of swine flu.

No other information on the man was released because of privacy issues.

Health officials say 31 people around Arizona have now died from complications linked to the swine flu virus.


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