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Second, Third H1N1 Deaths Reported In Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received laboratory results confirming the second and third deaths associated with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus in Iowa.

Both victims were adult males in eastern Iowa. Both had personal factors that may have put them at higher risk for H1N1-related complications. The cases are not related. The novel influenza A (H1N1) virus continues to circulate in Iowa; IDPH surveillance indicates influenza and influenza-like illness are increasing across the state.

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These deaths serve as a reminder the virus has the potential to cause severe disease and even death. Although the H1N1-related fatalities occurred in eastern Iowa, it is not an indication the virus is more severe or prevalent in that area of the state.

"Iowans of all ages and in every part of the state should take precautions to prevent getting or spreading the virus," said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "These precautions include getting the seasonal influenza vaccine now, and when appropriate, being vaccinated for the H1N1 virus." Additionally, Iowans should remember the Three Cs:

* Clean your hands frequently
* Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
* Contain germs by staying home when ill

IDPH is prohibited by Iowa law from releasing any additional information that could lead to the identification of the persons who died.