Third Swine Flu-Related Death Reported in Maryland

Thursday, July 16, 2009; 10:54 AM

Maryland state health officials said yesterday that a third person has died of H1N1 flu-related illness.

Health officials said the person lived on the Eastern Shore and had underlying health issues. Further information about the person is not being released due to privacy restrictions. Two other Maryland residents whose deaths have been attributed to the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, also had underlying health conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report as of July 10 that 211 people nationwide have died after contracting novel H1N1 influenza. In the mid-Atlantic region, Virginia has reported two H1N1 flu-related deaths and Pennsylvania has reported six.

Nationwide, as of July 10, there have been 37,246 confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 influenza. To date, 732 cases have been confirmed in Maryland. That figure, however, is likely a fraction of the total H1N1 flu cases statewide. Many people who become ill with flu-like symptoms are not tested and recover within a week's time, much like seasonal flu. Flu symptoms include fever, cough and sore throat. Other symptoms may include chills, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea or shortness of breath.

-- Lori Aratani

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