Archive for September 23, 2009

Duval County Reports 8th H1N1 Death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Duval County Health Department confirms an eighth person in Jacksonville has died with the H1N1 virus.

The 37-year-old died on Sept. 15.

According to the state health department there have been 91 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 deaths in Florida.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of these individuals, ” said Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros. “H1N1 swine flu, like seasonal flu, can in some circumstances be very serious, therefore, all of us should continue to adhere to good health practices including, stay home if sick, cover cough and sneeze, and wash hands frequently.”

While most cases of H1N1 are mild, there are exceptions. Health officials said pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu.

From 9/22/09:

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL — The St. Johns County Health Department says it has received laboratory notification of the first H1N1 Swine Flu-related death.

The St. Johns County resident, a 54-year-old man, died today.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this individual, said Dr. Dawn Allicock, director of the St. Johns County Health Department.

A friend whose child has suspected flu said that she called the pediatrician’s office when her child felt ill and ran a temperature; the office told her not to come in unless the child developed alarming symptoms. The office was apparently overrun with sick children and their anxious parents.

I know that various medical buildings that I’ve frequented recently have signs up prohibiting children because of the high volume of H1N1 patients.

And it isn’t flu season yet.

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