Archive for Thursday, December 31, 2009

Swine flu claims 25th victim in Kansas

December 31, 2009, 11:48 a.m. Updated January 1, 2010, 12:48 p.m.


A 40-year-old man from the Wichita metropolitan area has died from infection with swine flu, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The man’s infection was confirmed in the KDHE lab on Oct. 27, and his death was reported to KDHE on Dec. 14. The man had underlying health conditions that placed him at greater risk for severe complications of influenza, KDHE officials said in a news release.

The man’s death brings the number of confirmed deaths in Kansas from swine flu to 25.

The Wichita area includes Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties.


jumpin_catfish 8 years, 2 months ago

How many confirmed deaths from the just plain old flu? Any numbers out there?

appleaday 8 years, 2 months ago

Plain old flu season hasn't begun yet. It usually peaks in late January and February. Anyone with influenza right now most likely has H1N1.

jestevens 8 years, 2 months ago

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jestevens 8 years, 2 months ago

James Bennett, our database reporter, today posted a page with flu data —

The data include: — a flu activity indicator — flu mortality, H1N1 and regular flu — age breakdown of flu-related deaths — self-reported flu-like illnesses in Kansas — school absences due to flu

James will be updating the data every week.

To answer your question, jumpin_catfish, in the same time period that 25 people have died from H1N1, 435 people have died from regular flu.

And if you scroll through the CDC's flu activity map, appleaday — — you'll see that (all) flu activity hit a peak in October, and it looks like we might be on the back end of the season. In most years, according to the CDC, the flu has peaked in February, but it varies. We'll see what happens the next couple of months.

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