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Florida 9-year-old Dies from Swine Flu

June 16th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

A 9-year-old boy in Miami Dade county has become the state’s first swine flu fatality. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, state health officials continue to emphasize prevention and treatment if you feel ill.

Health officials are saying little specific about why swine flu claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy in Miami Dade County.

“The young man passed away and the initial diagnosis is from Swine Flu, H1N1 swine flu,” Doc Kokol with the Florida Department of Health said. “We do want to let folks know that there may have been some underlying health issues with this case as well.”

The Death is Florida’s first, but the 45th in the nation. The governor sent his condolences to the family.

“It’s a tremendous tragedy,” Governor Charlie Crist said.  “It’s just very sad and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Monday’s count stood at 417 confirmed cases of swine flu here in Florida. That’s up 4 over the weekend.

Officials continue to urge prevention…including frequent hand washing.

“Most people recover without medical attention, they go on about their business, they’re sick for several days, but we really recommend that people go home, stay home, contact their physician,” Kokol said.

Parents are also encouraged to keep their children home if they’re showing any sort of symptoms.

National wide, seasonal flu claims more than 36 thousand lives a year.

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