Second Swine Flu Death in Florida Confirmed
A second H1N1 Swine Flu death has been confirmed in that of a 30-year-old female in Seminole County.
Florida's first confirmed death in mid-June was a 9-year-old Miami-Dade County resident. While most cases of H1N1 Swine Flu are mild, there are exceptions, according to the Capitol News Service and Florida Department of Health.
Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of these individuals," said Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros. "All of us should continue to be alert and stay home if sick, cover your cough and sneeze, and wash hands frequently."
All four Department of Health laboratories have received testing supplies from the Center for Diseases Control and can test samples to confirm H1N1 Swine Flu, according to the health department.
Florida currently has 556 confirmed cases of H1N1 Swine Flu.
The World Health Organization (WHO) alert level is at Phase 6 "pandemic." The pandemic status is based on geographic distribution and not the severity of swine flu. The WHO is saying that swine flu H1N1 is now circulating world-wide.
The State Surgeon General provided these recommendations:
People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.
-Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
-Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
-People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.
If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.
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