Archive for Thursday, December 10, 2009

72-year-old Wichita woman dies of H1N1 virus, bringing state death toll to 22

December 10, 2009


A 72-year-old woman from the Wichita metropolitan area has died from infection with the H1N1 influenza virus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Thursday that the death brings the total number of confirmed H1N1 deaths statewide to 22.

Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

The woman had underlying health conditions that placed her at greater risk for severe complications of influenza.

“About 75 percent of Kansans remain susceptible to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, and deaths resulting from this virus are still occurring,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips in a press release. “These facts should be all the encouragement anyone needs to take precautions and get vaccinated.”

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s next H1N1 immunization clinic is open to anyone. It will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine.


craigers 6 years, 10 months ago

How many have died of the normal flu?

Boston_Corbett 6 years, 10 months ago

Rumor has it she drove her car once on Kellogg. You know, a trade route.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 10 months ago

"How many have died of the normal flu?" === Not sure, CDC website probably tracks this. I think it averages 30,000+ a year. As with 'swine flu' most of those who perish are very young or quite old and have other underlying conditions. The viruses have always owned the world. Actually, we are composed of viruses and old cell parts that somehow got together 'back in the day' and helped us on the long climb to becoming human. Maybe the viruses are are just being 'nice' and waiting for the right time to mutate and take us down.

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