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7 of 10 Alaska swine flu deaths hit Fairbanks
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Fairbanks man who died Saturday is the tenth death in Alaska from swine flu.

Seven of the deaths have been Fairbanks-related. The state Health Department says it's looking for the Fairbanks connection as it monitors people hospitalized with the virus in Alaska.

State Health Department spokesman Greg Wilkinson told The Anchorage Daily News the most recent victim was a man in his 50s who had multiple health problems. And, nine of the 10 who died had underlying health conditions. The tenth was a child.
 
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November 19, 2009

Second Vermonter dies from swine flu

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer

The H1N1 flu pandemic has claimed the life of a second Vermonter, but the state's health commissioner said Wednesday that Vermont is making progress immunizing people at greatest risk of contracting the virus.

"I'm sad to say we've had one more death," Health Commissioner Wendy Davis said at an afternoon news conference in Burlington.

Davis said the person who died was being hospitalized at the time with what she said was a separate "serious medical condition."

She declined to provide more information about the death, citing the privacy rights of the deceased person's family. The first death in Vermont from swine flu occurred in late October.

Davis said 53,932 doses of the flu vaccine have been administered in the state, up 16,000 in the past week. She said the number of immunization clinics conducted at Vermont schools jumped from 110 to 163 in the past week.

Davis said three elementary school-age children mistakenly were given flu shots in the past week without the knowledge of their parents. She declined to say where the mistaken immunizations took place.

"This is extremely unfortunate," Davis said. "We never take any errors lightly."

Davis said the children's parents have been told about the mistake. She said she was unaware if the unapproved immunizations have had negative effects on the health of the three children, due to allergies or other reasons.

Davis also said Vermonters should have confidence that health officials are making every effort to avoid such errors, but that mistakes can happen given the "unprecedented, large-scale vaccination process we are conducting."

The people regarded as being at greatest risk of contracting the flu are those between 6 months and 24 years; parents and caregivers of infants; pregnant women; and people between 25 to 64 with serious, chronic medical conditions.

Davis said by the end of this week the state will have received 106,000 units of the flu vaccine, which is less than one-third of the quantity her department has determined it needs to protect Vermont's at-risk population.

"I wish it would be moving along more quickly," she said. "I do believe the federal agencies are doing everything they possibly can to speed production of the vaccine without sacrificing safety."

Davis said the number of flu cases in Vermont is continuing to rise. She said 20 people are hospitalized in Vermont with H1N1 flu symptoms, including six children, but most people who contract the virus should be able to recover without medical attention.

She also called on Vermonters to become more willing to receive the vaccination through a nasal mist, rather than the traditional flu shot. She said the mist application is safe and painless, and to demonstrate her point, gave the vaccine to Kala Correia, 20, of South Burlington during the news conference as reporters watched.

"I barely felt it," Correia said afterward. "I don't like shots. I like this a lot better."
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Swine Flu Claims Sixth Polk Victim  Florida

Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.

LAKELAND | Polk County has its sixth death from H1N1 swine flu: a 71-year-old woman who had “multiple chronic medical conditions.”

Her death is among a total 167 deaths reported in Florida, as of Tuesday, with lab-confirmed H1N1.

It was confirmed during the past two weeks, according to the Polk County Health Department.

Last week’s flu activity in Polk County was catergorized by officials as localized, a step between sporadic and widespread, as it was in most of Central Florida.

Hillsborough County, however, had widespread flu activity.

Health officials do not release the name nor the hometown of the victims.

 
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Local Resident Dies From Swine Flu Virus Florida

Health, Safety, Videos — By Staff on November 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Orange County Health Department officials confirmed to KnightNews.com Thursday the swine flu turned deadly for a man in Orange County.

This case, which involved a 57-year-old male, brings the total number of swine flu, or H1N1, related deaths to 12 in Orange County since this new strain of flu was identified in April, officials said.

There’s no indication this person was in any way affiliated with UCF, however privacy rules prohibit KnightNews.com from finding out details about where he may have worked.

While most cases of H1N1 Swine Flu are mild, the health department says there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this man,” said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, Director of the Orange County Health Department. “All of us should continue to be alert and practice good hygiene measures."

Even though UCF received a smaller supply of swine flu vaccines than initially requested, not all of those supplies have been exhausted.

The UCF Health Center is encouraging encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against both H1N1 flu and seasonal flu before Thanksgiving so your body has time to build up an immune response during the break. The H1N1 pandemic flu virus is circulating widely, and the number of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths associated with it continues to rise, according to a UCF release.

The majority of deaths from H1N1 flu in the United States have occurred in persons within the priority groups with underlying chronic health conditions. Pregnant women, cancer patients, people with asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, and kidney disease need to pay particular attention to personal hygiene, avoid close contact to infected persons, and consult with their healthcare provider regarding the influenza vaccine, according to an Orange County Health Department release.

Originally, UCF only had only the mist vaccine available, but UCF confirms that, in addition to having the mist vaccine in stock, a small number of injectable H1N1 swine flu vaccines are still available for students, faculty and staff who are in the priority groups established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Injectable vaccines will be given Friday, Nov. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. Those with vouchers can arrive at any time during the hour listed on their voucher to receive the vaccine.

Nasal spray vaccines will be given Monday, Nov. 23 at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. Anyone receiving the nasal spray vaccine must arrive five minutes before the scheduled time, or he or she will have to request a voucher for another session, UCF says.

Vouchers for either the shot or the nasal spray H1N1 vaccine are available at the appointments/check-in window inside the Health Center’s main entrance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Vouchers also can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Knight Aide pharmacy and convenience store next to the UCF Arena.

You must bring your UCF ID to verify your eligibility for the vaccine. There is no charge for UCF students. According to a UCF release, the cost for faculty and staff is $10, which must be paid in cash or by check at the time the voucher is given. Checks should be made payable to UCF Health Services.

Note that nasal spray is not appropriate for everyone. Those who cannot receive the nasal spray vaccine include: pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older and people with a chronic medical condition that places them at higher risk for complications from influenza. Those conditions include chronic heart or lung disease, such as asthma, and diabetes or kidney failure.

If you get a voucher, each will be accompanied by an information sheet about the vaccine and a consent form that you must complete before you report to the Health Center to receive the vaccine. You can view the information sheets in advance below:

Injectable H1N1 vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-inact-h1n1.pdf.

Nasal spray H1N1 vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-laiv-h1n1.pdf.

SEASONAL FLU SHOTS STILL AVAILABLE

Students, faculty and staff are advised to get their seasonal flu shots as well. Seasonal flu shots are available by appointment at the UCF Health Center.

KnightNews.com is working with UCF to keep you informed about the swine flu. UCF says it will continue updating the community regularly through campus-wide e-mails and the university’s H1N1 Web site, www.ucf.edu/flu.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

– UCF Health Services – www.hs.ucf.edu or 407-823-2701

– UCF H1N1 Web site – www.ucf.edu/flu

– Orange County Health Department flu page -

www.orchd.com/Flu/h1n1Flu.asp

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov

– Florida Department of Health toll-free number: 1-877-352-3581


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Paradise man first Butte County swine flu fatality  Montana

By ROGER H. AYLWORTH --Staff Writer
Posted: 11/19/2009 06:19:18 PM PST

The man, who had "multiple underlying health conditions," died almost two weeks ago, according to Dr. Mark Lundberg, Butte County health officer.

The victim, who is not being identified, died before his lab reports were in and his cause of death was originally listed as pneumonia.

Lundberg said once the definitive lab results come in the county Department of Health will be notified and the person's death certificate will be changed to reflect the swine flu diagnosis.

People with lung disease, diabetes, "most any chronic disease, anything that comprises the immune systems," makes them susceptible to potentially deadly complications if they contract the flu, according to Lundberg.

So far 146 lab-test-confirmed H1N1 flu cases have been recorded in Butte County. Of those 38 individuals have been hospitalized and 13 have required intensive care, according to the county Department of Public Health.

While only a relatively few cases have been lab-verified as swine flu, Lundberg believes there have been "hundreds, perhaps 1,000" cases in the county.

Lundberg pointed out even the seasonal flu can be deadly. On average 50 to 100 deaths a year in Butte County are attributed to "pneumonia/influenza."

 
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Swine flu claims fourth victim in Brevard  Florida

Titusville man fought the infection for 15 days in two medical facilities

By BY SUSAN JENKS Florida Today

Friday, November 20, 2009

TITUSVILLE — A 58-year-old man suffering from swine flu died Veterans Day, the fourth death in the county from the strain, the Brevard County Health Department said Thursday.

William Van Mason Flannery of Titusville died at Florida Hospital in Orlando after a 15-day battle that began at Parrish Medical Center, where he sought treatment. He left behind a wife of 20 years, Lynn, two children from a first marriage and two stepchildren.

"His death was reported to us (Thursday)," said Dr. Heidar Heshmati, county health director.

In the Treasure Coast, five people in St. Lucie County died after falling ill to the flu this year, officials said. All five also had underlying medication conditions. One person in Indian River County diagnosed with the flu also died.

Swine flu infections in Brevard County have led to 14 hospitalizations and three other deaths from flu-associated complications so far this year:

James Jeffords, 51, of Port St. John died Oct. 13.

Jarod Scott, 28, of Melbourne died in September.

Tiphani Corley, 19, of Rockledge died in August.

A second round of clinics offering free vaccines against swine flu will be Saturday in Brevard County. Heshmati said about 4,500 doses will be administered in Brevard to area residents at the health department's three clinics on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The intent is to vaccinate high-risk individuals first, especially pregnant women and children.

"But we will not turn anyone away," Heshmati said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated 47 million doses of vaccine have been sent out around the country in recent weeks, including more than 2 million doses in Florida.

Heshmati said Brevard County has received about 68,000 doses and hopes to have roughly double that number by the end of the year. Most of the supply has gone directly to obstetrician/gynecologists, family physicians and pediatricians either from the state health department or the county health department

"We have been getting H1N1 vaccine -- very slowly," said Vicki Gavaghan, director of quality initiatives for MIMA, Brevard County's largest physician group.

Gavaghan said MIMA has ordered about 6,000 doses of swine-flu vaccine, but has received only about a third of that supply. Although that's been sufficient to vaccinate most pediatric or pregnant patients who want it, she said, it's not quite enough to vaccinate all those in the 24- to 64-year-old age group with underlying medical conditions, another high risk group.

Flannery had a heart condition before coming down with flu earlier this month, according to his wife.

She said that condition forced him to take early retirement from the Orlando Utilities Commission where he worked for 26 years, rising from a janitorial position to management.

He was a very generous person," she said, spending much of his retirement devoted to charity work, especially the Jimmy Durante Children's Fund, started in memory of the late comedian, to help abused and neglected children by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Durante was an Eagle, as was her husband, Lynn Flannery said, and a benefit had been planned for the fund shortly before his death.

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GILMER COUNTY, W.Va. -- Swine flu claimed the life of a longtime West Virginia elementary school teacher known for her kindness, generosity and humor.

Sharon "Sherry" Burke was only 44 years old. Burke died last Friday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a brief illness caused, in part, by the swine flu virus, according to her obituary.

Burke, a Sand Fork resident, was a fighter, said fellow teacher Cherri West. West taught with Burke at Troy Elementary School for seven years.

"She was a fighter up until the end," West said.

Burke's mother, Mildred, said her daughter had been suffering from sinus and bronchial infections since sometime in September, and she had taken several rounds of antibiotics to no avail before her hospitalization. She eventually was diagnosed with swine flu and double pneumonia, her mother said.  

But West said no one would have known Burke was feeling bad. She was always thinking about her students, West said.

"She provided for children's needs in every grade level," West said. "If there was a child who needed shoes, needed a jacket or a snack, she would find a way."

West said many times the teacher would use her personal funds to provide for students.

Burke's mother said her generosity extended to all those around her.

"She wanted to rescue every child she could, but she was like that with everyone," Mildred Burke said.

"If she saw somebody on the side of the road with a placard saying they needed money, she always wanted to pull over. Just walking through a store or parking lot, if she saw someone who was financially strapped, she gave them what she could. She would deprive herself of stuff in order to give to other people."

Burke obtained her undergraduate degree from Glenville State College and a master's degree from West Virginia University. She served as a special education teacher in Gilmer County for 18 years, working at both Troy and Sand Fork elementary schools until her death.

Sand Fork Elementary Principal David Bishop called Burke "a great teacher."

"She really was an advocate for her students," he said. "She cared for all of the students very much.

"She really went the extra mile to make sure they had every opportunity possible."

West said Burke's students were dealing with her death the best they could.

"I ask them, 'What do you think Miss Burke is up there teaching today?' " she said. "They say poetry because she wrote beautiful poetry. Others say she was teaching how to laugh. She was always pulling pranks and jokes - on staff members and students."

In Burke's obituary, her family wrote, "She was blessed with many God-given talents, gifts and abilities. She wrote her own music and lyrics for many songs, mostly gospel. Writing poetry, plays and children's books was a favorite activity."

Burke was born in Weston in July 1965, the youngest daughter of Richard and Mildred Marks Burke of Sand Fork.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Deana Burke; a nephew, D.J. McHenry; and one niece, Hanna Burke, all of Stouts Mills.

Also left behind are her two beloved dogs, Shadow and Mindy.

A memorial tribute will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Sand Fork Baptist Church.

The family has established a scholarship fund in Burke's honor. Donations to the scholarship fund may be made payable to "Sherry Burke Scholarship Fund," P.O. Box 211, Sand Fork, WV 26430.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., in Glenville is handling the arrangements.

 
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Fulton County death linked to swine flu New York

By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald
POSTED: November 20, 2009

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County public health officials reported the county's first swine flu-related death Thursday.

Announcement of the recent death followed laboratory testing that confirmed the deceased had swine flu, county Public Health Director Denise Frederick said in a news release issued Thursday.

Frederick said the death involved an adult in Fulton County with an underlying medical condition. She said it is the first death linked to swine flu, more formally known as H1N1, since the initial flu outbreak in April. To protect the privacy of the family, no further medical information about the unnamed person will be released, she said.

"Every death is a tragedy and our sincere condolences are extended to the family at this difficult time," Frederick stated in the release.

No swine flu-related deaths have been reported in Montgomery and Hamilton counties. The Center for Disease Control reported there have been more than 4,000 swine flu-related deaths nationwide and that "millions" of Americans have been infected with the virus.

Frederick said the death in Fulton County doesn't mean that swine flu has suddenly become a more serious issue.

"Most people with the flu continue to have mild to moderate symptoms and recover at home without medical treatment," she said. "Sadly, as with ordinary seasonal flu, the H1N1 flu can and occasionally does cause serious illness and death."

Reached this morning at the county public health office, Frederick said the county doesn't have an exact count on how many people have contracted swine flu in the county.

She said phone calls into her agency on Route 29 have been "steady" regarding swine flu, but she didn't necessarily expect more concern now that a death has been reported.

For confidentiality of the family, she said she couldn't release the gender or municipality of the person who died. She also couldn't release the date of the death, she said.

She said her agency has at least 300 doses of the swine flu vaccine mist to dispense to patients at an upcoming clinic.

Swine flu activity is widespread in New York state and across the United States, and vaccine provides the best protection against the flu, Frederick said.

Frederick said people should check with their health care provider regarding the availability of both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.

Fulton County Public Health has scheduled an H1N1 vaccination clinic on Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Public Health Office for 2- to 24-year-olds without underlying conditions. FluMist vaccine will be provided at no cost. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 736-5724.

The county Board of Supervisors approved a contract between Public Health and Nathan Littauer Hospital on Nov. 9 that will allow people to receive H1N1 vaccines for $15 each.

Sue Kiernan, the vice president of development at Nathan Littauer Hospital, said today the hospital is trying to work out a Dec. 3 swine flu clinic at the hospital.

"We have not worked out all of the details," she said. "People should be vigilant about getting the vaccine."

Montgomery County Community Health Educator Debbie Voght said her department will hold clinics at St. Mary's Family Health Centers in Amsterdam and Canajoharie on Saturday. She said county Public Health has enough of the vaccine to last for those clinics, and will use additional vaccine for future clinics once it receives it.

It is up to the state to send the vaccine, and Voght said the department is at its mercy in terms of getting more. She said she hopes private medical providers will be able to administer the vaccine to their patients once more is available.

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Hospital reports Nacogdoches' first swine flu death  Texas

By MICHELE MARCOTTE
The (Nacogdoches) Daily Sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2009

NACOGDOCHES — A 55-year-old man from Mississippi, who was the first diagnosed hospitalization of the H1N1 virus in Nacogdoches, died early Thursday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, hospital officials said.

Tim Hayward, Memorial CEO, said the man came into the hospital three days ago with flu-like symptoms, pneumonia being the most predominant diagnosis.

He said the man had a roommate who was close in age, who came into the hospital with similar symptoms and is still listed in critical condition in the hospital's ICU. Both men were working in the Melrose community, reportedly on an oil rig located in the area. Hospital officials said the deceased man had underlying health issues but did not reveal what they were.

"All patients who present flu-like symptoms and pneumonia will go into isolation until we rule out their diagnoses," Hayward said.

He said the hospital has contacted the epidemiology unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services in Tyler and notified them of the situation.

"They're providing some guidance and support," he said.

He said the hospital began stockpiling supplies, training staff and ordering vaccines months ago in preparation for "these eventualities" of H1N1.

"When we started getting vaccines, we started vaccinating all the first responders, hospital personnel and emergency personnel," he said. "The state of Texas as a whole is at a very low level as far as alert goes. Now that we've had some deaths, we'll go into the next phase of our planning process, and that's to push out the vaccines."

The hospital is working with other local and state health organizations and will have a shot clinic from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center, according to Kim Barton, community relations director at Memorial Hospital and Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English.

Barton said Memorial and Nacogdoches Medical Center will work together to present the clinic, combining doses of H1N1 vaccines as well as additional vaccines expected Friday from the Department of Health and administer them to those who are considered at risk. People in the high risk groups, which include pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants younger than six months, health care and emergency medical personnel, children 6 months to 4 years old and persons 5 to 64 who have a chronic medical condition or weakened immune system should get immunized.

The clinic will also utilize nursing students from Stephen F. Austin State University and Angelina College to administer the vaccines.

Hayward said it's important for people to continue with the same good habits to prevent getting sick — practice good hand-washing practices and good cough etiquette, and if they're sick to see their doctor.

"In Nacogdoches, our typical flu season really goes on the rise after the Thanksgiving holidays," Hayward said. "People go to visit their relatives and mingle out in the general world, and when they come back, we start to see flu rise. And it carries all the way through to New Year's."

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2 New H1N1 Deaths In Mass., Including Child

 

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed that two more Massachusetts residents died in the last week of H1N1 flu. One of those who died was a young child.

DPH declined to release the child's exact age, saying only that the child was under the age of five and was from Middlesex County. This is the youngest person to die from H1N1 since the illness first arrived in Massachusetts last spring. It is unclear if that child had other pre-existing health conditions.

The second victim was a 45-year-old man from Suffolk County, who had underlying health conditions.
 
Five people have died from H1N1 flu since the current flu season began in October. There have been 17 deaths since April when the "Swine Flu" first arrived.

H1N1 flu is currently widespread across the state, according to the latest surveillance report released by DPH. Nearly all of the flu-like illness that doctors are seeing is H1N1, as seasonal flu has not arrived in Massachusetts at this time.
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4th H1N1 related death confirmed in Fayette Co.
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Fayette County’s fourth H1N1-related death has been confirmed in a woman in her 40s who had underlying health conditions, bringing Kentucky’s total number of H1N1-related deaths to 31.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recommends that those people in target groups who haven’t gotten the H1N1 vaccine to do so and to continue practicing good hygiene habits to help fight influenza. Getting the vaccine is the best way for individuals to protect themselves and their families.

Those Fayette County residents interested in getting the H1N1 vaccine will have the opportunity to do so 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until the vaccine runs out) this Saturday, Nov. 21, at Bryan Station High School, 201 Eastin Road, and Lexington Christian Academy, 450 W. Reynolds Road. The shots are free.

The clinics will target high-risk priority groups.

Anyone with a fever Saturday or with egg allergies cannot get the shot.

The health department will post the latest updated information on the clinics on its Flu Hotline, 288-7529, and online at www.LexFluCrew.com.

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Another 3 Iowans dead from H1N1 complications
November 20, 2009 15:21 EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting three more swine flu-related deaths.

Health department officials say one of the latest victims of the H1N1 virus was a child in eastern Iowa with risk factors that increased the chance of complications from contracting the virus.

Adults in Marion and Warrens counties were also victims. Officials said Friday both had risk factors that increased the chance of complications from the H1N1 virus.

The latest deaths brings to 24 confirmed H1N1-related deaths and about 650 hospitalizations in Iowa.

Among those hospitalized, the most common underlying medical conditions were immune-compromised conditions, such as cancer, respiratory ailments and neuromuscular conditions. More than half those hospitalized were overweight or obese.


 
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H1N1-related death in Wood County  Ohio

First Swine Flu-related death at Wood Co. Hospital

Updated: Friday, 20 Nov 2009, 12:31 PM EST
Published : Friday, 20 Nov 2009, 12:31 PM EST

  • By Jan Larson - Sentinel County Editor

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - A 53-year-old Bowling Green man has died of H1N1 flu complications.

Kevin Babcock, who died Wednesday, was the first person to die of H1N1 at Wood County Hospital.

Since Aug. 31, a dozen Wood County residents have been hospitalized for H1N1. Though H1N1 cases routinely don't have to be reported to health departments, any hospitalizations or deaths from the illness must be reported, according to Pat Snyder, public information officer with the Wood County Health Department.

Babcock had been in and out of the hospital since August for bronchitis and pneumonia, according to his sister, Starlah Burks, of Cygnet.

"He just never could get better. He could not get over it," Burks said this morning.

Last Thursday, Babcock was diagnosed as having H1N1, his sister said. Family members who had been around him recently were told to take medication to prevent the spread of the illness. Visitors had to wear masks, gowns, gloves and goggles, and the door to his hospital room was kept closed, she added.

"I didn't know how critical he was," Burks said.

Family was told his kidneys, liver and circulatory system began shutting down over the weekend.
"His organs just went down," Burks said. "He just couldn't do it."

Burks said her brother had a "heart of gold" and would help anyone in need. "Kevin didn't worry about himself, he worried about other people."

Burks had fond memories of her brother, who was seven years her senior, giving her rides in a wheelbarrow. The rides frequently ended with Burks being playfully dumped in the ditch.

Babcock was employed for 17 years with Century Marketing in Bowling Green and was a longtime delivery employee of the Sentinel-Tribune.

He served in the Army National Guard for many years and was a member of the AMVETS, Bowling Green, and Rudolph Christian Church.

Wood County Hospital has seen an increase during the last couple months in the number of patients coming in with H1N1 and other respiratory problems, according to George Massar, vice president of operations at the hospital.

"We're seeing more patients than this time last year," Massar said of the emergency department.

Hospital staff has been trained on the standard precautions being taken at all hospitals in the region, and signage has been posted to make visitors aware of precautions they should take around patients with H1N1, he said.

The Wood County Health Department has been holding H1N1 flu vaccine clinics almost weekly in the county, with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Wood County Junior Fair Building, at 13800 W. Poe Road. The vaccines are free.

While the vaccine clinics thus far have been directed to high risk populations, Snyder said within a couple weeks the county should have enough vaccine to open up the clinics to anyone interested.

 
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Coroner Believes H1N1 Death Toll Much Higher

By Daren Sukhram

Story Created: Nov 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM CST

Story Updated: Nov 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM CST

DES MOINES - The Polk County medical examiner claims the H1N1 death toll in Iowa is really much higher.

Doctor Gregory Schmunk says he believes he's found H1N1 in a number of autopsies on people who were never diagnosed with the flu.

Schmunk says accurate tests for H1N1 are sometimes too invasive for sick patients.

"Because of our limitations on testing, sometimes the tests aren't positive. But they do appear to fit clinically the course of an H1N1 viral type pneumonia."

Schmunck says the best advice for Iowans is to get the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it's available.
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Sounders coach Schmid hospitalized with pneumonia

SEATTLE -- Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid is hospitalized after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

The team says in a release on Saturday that Schmid started experiencing shortness of breath on Thursday night. He was taken to Overlake Hospital in suburban Bellevue where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

The team says Schmid's condition has stabilized and he is improving, but he would remain hospitalized through Saturday.

Schmid helped Seattle become the first expansion team since Chicago in 1998 to reach the Major League Soccer playoffs in its first year. The Sounders finished the regular season 12-7-11 before losing to Houston in the first round of the playoffs.

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