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Two more Kansans die of H1N1

November 2, 2009


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.

— Two more Kansans who were infected with the H1N1 influenza virus have died, which brings to 14 the number of people who have died in the state after being infected by the virus, health officials reported Monday.

The latest two deaths included a 72-year-old man from northeast Kansas, and a 53-year-old woman from the Wichita area.

Both had underlying health conditions that placed them at greater risk of severe complications from the flu, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said.

“People with specific underlying health conditions are at especially high risk of serious health problems if they get H1N1 flu,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas State Health Officer.

Lisa Horn, communications coordinator for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said the man from northeast Kansas who died was not from Douglas County.

State health officials didn’t provide any more specific information on where the latest two victims had lived.


Mandie Eutsler 8 years, 6 months ago

can anyone please tell us what those "underlying health conditions" are? I mean really why is it such a secret? Maybe this is something we should know?

fatheadff 8 years, 6 months ago

The normal flu can kill the same way as H1N1 if your have other underlying conditions. Its just another way for the government to scare everyone. Read this from the CDC website.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

H1N1 kills at the same infection ratio as traditional seasonal influenza.

The problem is that novel H1N1 will infect three times the normal seasonal numbers. Hence three times the deaths, possibly.

And the fatalities will be more focused amongst the young, not the elderly.

Get your shots when you can.

If you have youth, there is no excuse for not doing such.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

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Matthew Herbert 8 years, 6 months ago

TomShewmon- Professional courtesy dictates that it's President Obama to you. Even when President Bush was destroying any notion of forging foreign alliances or maintaining international dignity, though a complete d-bag, he remained "President Bush".

TheYetiSpeaks 8 years, 6 months ago

Related headline: Man Killed By H1N1 and Underlying Health Condition (otherwise known as OJ Simpson)

mdrndgtl 8 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to Dr. Eberhart-Phillips on a flawless post-mortem diagnosis...

appleaday 8 years, 6 months ago

Underlying conditions are conditions such as heart disease or chronic lung diseases that would increase your risk of developing severe pneumonia if you get this upper respiratory disease. Some with diabetes, and those with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy or immune disorders are also at risk. It is true that the death RATES from H1N1 are no greater than those for seasonal influenza. The rate of spread of infection among the population, however, is greater for H1N1 because there is no existing widespread immunity among the population (because it's new). That means this form will spread faster and to more people as we have already seen in seasons (spring, summer, fall) that do not usually see influenza epidemics.
The H1N1 vaccine was manufactured as a separate influenza vaccine so that it could be ready to give earlier. The vaccine itself is no different than the seasonal influenza vaccine -- only the antigen in different. (An antigen is the attenuated or killed virus itself and is the part of the vaccine that your body makes antibodies against -- which your body does when you get the actual disease. The difference with the vaccine is that you cannot actually get the disease while you make antibodies.) Remember that the seasonal influenza causes or helps to cause approximately 36,000 deaths in the US each winter season. The fear about H1N1 is that this number will be way bigger because this form will spread to more people. No one in authority has suggested that this strain is more virulent or more likely to cause death at greater rates -- only that more people will get it. The vaccines are safe, and they do not cause you to get the flu (impossible since you are injected with dead virus). You are not required to get one unless you are in the military or work in some health care settings where you might infect others who might die from the disease. If you feel that you are so healthy that you can withstand getting influenza seasonal or otherwise, fine. Just please have some consideration for your fellow citizens and stay home when you start having symptoms -- high fever (101 or greater), cough, upper respiratory symptoms, muscle aches, chills. Remember that there are people who have conditions that prohibit their taking the vaccine and that also increase their risk from a disease that you regard as minor. For some reason, still not well understood, this strain has higher death rates in very young children and in pregnant women as well as in those we traditionally expect.

gsxr600 8 years, 6 months ago

I wonder how many people die from complications of being lard buckets? It's going to be much higher p/day than 2 I can assure you. Can we take this into perspective? Being a realist, this statistic means nothing.

jafs 8 years, 6 months ago


Thank you for the useful information.

Are there any symptoms which would distinguish H1N1 from the regular flu?

How will we know whether to simply stay home vs. going to the doctor for treatment (ie. Tamiflu, etc.)?

appleaday 8 years, 6 months ago

jafs -- Seasonal influenza and H1N1 are pretty much the same except that H1N1 seems to have more gastrointestinal symptoms along with the typical respiratory symptoms. Seasonal influenza is not actually here yet so it's a good bet that any flu-like illness is H1N1. Antiviral medications such as Tamiflu are most effective if started within a few days of onset but aren't necessary in most cases. Tamiflu is recommended if you have underlying chronic illness or if you are likely to expose someone who does. Go to the doctor if you are in the groups most at risk or if you have severe respiratory symptoms that include chest tightness and shortness of breath. Otherwise the usual symptomatic treatments are in order.

GardenMomma 8 years, 6 months ago

To all you jokers out there - I hope you DON'T get this flu. It's painful. It hurts like nothing else hurts. This is one illness you do not want to have.

jafs 8 years, 6 months ago



Then why are people without underlying conditions not in the high-risk group dying?

There was just an article in the paper about 3 people in Kansas dying recently, none of whom were in high-risk groups.

RKLOG 8 years, 6 months ago

I just got over it after being sick for a month and I still cough all the time.

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