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.
Topeka 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.