Swine Flu Contributes to Seward Death

The State is reporting another death from H1N1 flu. The person is a middle aged woman from Seward who had a combination of respiratory and other underlying medical conditions. She is the third confirmed death in Alaska from H1N1. Over the weekend, a child from Fairbanks who was previously healthy died of the illness. In the midst of all this, the State’s new Chief Medical officer and director for the Division of Public Health had his first day on the job today. Dr. Ward Hurlburt says the state is doing more testing now to figure out whether the child had a secondary infection.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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