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The Department of Health and Senior Services today announced a second death of a
The individual was a 15-year old
Because the young man died at home, an autopsy was required. The state Medical Examiner’s Office continues to investigate the cause of death as well as other possible contributing medical factors.
“This death is tragic; I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to this young man’s family and friends,’’ said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “Influenza is a serious illness that can unfortunately lead to death. We continue to monitor this novel H1N1 influenza to watch for any change. We urge
The young man was last in school on June 5 and had no symptoms. Local health officials have been monitoring influenza-like illness in the school—as recently as today—and have found no unusual activity.
Nationally, there are 17,855 confirmed and probable cases in 50 states. There have been 44 deaths in the
“The Department will continue to monitor the H1N1 outbreak,” said Commissioner Howard. “We have also posted guidance for summer residential camps to help decrease the spread of H1N1 influenza and other infectious diseases.”
The Department will continue to update its website with information to help all
Commissioner Howard continues to urge all
• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly
• Covering coughs and sneezes
• Staying home from work or school if you are sick
H1N1 influenza is a novel respiratory illness caused by type A influenza. People do not normally get H1N1 influenza, but human infections can and do happen.
The symptoms of H1N1 influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been associated with H1N1 influenza in people, especially in
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