70 Swine Flu Deaths in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – State health officials say 70 people have died from swine flu in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health released an updated H1N1 death toll Wednesday.

Federal health officials have sent testing supplies to the state’s four labs, allowing state technicians to test samples without the additional step of sending them to the Centers for Disease Control.

Health officials are urging Floridians to seek medical help if they feel sick, to wash hands frequently, practice good hygiene and to stay home if they feel ill.

Interestingly, the news of these deaths trickles out a month after they have died…..

A 52-year-old man died of complications from the H1N1 virus last month, the fifth to die from the re-emerging pandemic in Duval County, health officials said today.

Four of those deaths have come since the end of July.

Health officials repeated warnings today for the public to remain vigilant and practice good hygiene. Many worry that cases are going to spike as the new school year begins and fall ushers in cooler temperatures.

Authorities were mum on whether the latest death, which came on Aug. 24, involved underlying health conditions. In Duval, three women and two men have died of the H1N1 virus, better known as the swine flu. The women were 26, 33 and 43 years old, and the other man was 55.

The only swine flu death reported in Northeast Florida outside Duval was a 30-year-old Clay County woman.

I suppose we’ll find out next month how many died in our area this month.

More scary stuff:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Metro Public Health Department confirmed on Wednesday that a 5-year-old Nashville boy has died as a result of H1N1 influenza.

Metro Schools confirmed that the child, Max Gomez, attended Henry Maxwell Elementary School in Antioch. Administrators at the school were expected to send notes home with students to let parents know of the child’s death.

SCOTTSBORO – Eleven-year-old Alex Garcia of Scottsboro led his soccer team to an 8-1 win Saturday in Huntsville.

But Alex, recalled by his family as a “nonstop” youngster who was a tough competitor on the soccer field, grew gravely ill over the weekend and died Monday morning.

State health officials said they suspect swine flu was the cause of his death, but they did not announce any test results for the novel H1N1 virus Tuesday. It was not immediately known if Alex had an underlying medical condition that might have contributed to the severity of his illness.

You may barely get the sniffles or be dead in 24 hours. Be careful.

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    kc said,

    Well, yeah, Swampie – wouldn’t want the common folks gettin’ all riled up & worried or nuthin…wouldn’t be good for ’em. Cain’t rush good reporting like this, dontchaknow.

    Funny – people “inside” will leak White House secrets, CIA info, interrogation techniques, and which ball player is named in a ‘secret’ report about use of ‘roids in MLB…but we don’t hear anything about this.

    Journalist, my eye. “Reporters” nowadays are nothing more than parrots. Shame on them.

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