Arkansas Has First Death Due to H1N1 Influenza
Arkansas has reported it’s first confirmed death due to H1N1 influenza virus. Her name has not been released, but the Pulaski County woman, 46, is reported to have died Saturday morning in a local hospital.
The Arkansas Department of Health reports they were notified on Saturday morning at approximately 6:30 am of the death of a female patient who had tested positive for H1N1 just five days before her death. The Department of Health is investigating the circumstances around the death.
The H1N1 virus, more commonly known as Swine Flu, has already claimed more than 350 lives nationwide. With the death of this Pulaski County woman, Arkansas joins the other states with verified deaths due to the H1N1 virus.
As of 11 am, August 7, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 6,506 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza with 436 deaths.
The public is asked to continue to use the following precautions:
* If you do need to travel, whenever possible avoid crowded enclosed spaces and close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
* There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products.
* Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.
* Ill persons are encouraged to practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands).
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