First H1N1 Death Reported In Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Iowa's first novel influenza A (H1N1) death. Because of confidentiality laws, IDPH is prohibited from releasing identifying details about the case.

"Our sympathies go to the family and loved ones of the individual who died," said IDPH Director Tom Newton. "For most people, the H1N1 virus is causing mild illness. This death reminds us that the virus continues to circulate in Iowa and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death."

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It's important Iowans continue to take simple precautions to help prevent getting or spreading the virus. These precautions include:

* Wash hands frequently, and always wash hands after coughing or sneezing.

* Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or your sleeve or elbow, not into your hands.

* If a person feels ill, they should stay home. Children should not go to daycare or summer camp if they feel ill.

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