State health officials say two more people in northeast Kansas have died from swine flu, bringing the state’s fatal H1N1 virus case total to six.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that the deaths of a 39-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman were reported to the department Thursday afternoon. Laboratory testing had determined earlier this month that both women had contracted the swine flu virus.
KDHE said both women had underlying health conditions that made them more susceptible to contracting influenza.
Johnson County Health Department Friday afternoon confirmed the 30-year-old woman was from Johnson County. Health officials in Douglas and Leavenworth counties said KDHE has not contacted them, so the deaths likely have not occurred in those counties. Shawnee County officials would not release any details.
Four other swine flu deaths were reported earlier in Kansas, including two other northeast Kansas residents.
Swine flu cases have been confirmed in 55 of the state’s 105 counties since the first cases were reported in late April.