H1N1 may have contributed to North Idaho man's death - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

H1N1 may have contributed to North Idaho man's death

HAYDEN, Idaho. - The H1N1 influenza virus may have contributed this week to the death of a Post Falls man in his 30s who had influenza symptoms.

Tests are being conducted now to determine the factors that led to the man's death in his home.        

"The death of a resident of our community saddens us deeply and our sympathies go out to his family and other loved ones," said Panhandle Health District director Jeanne Bock. "Although most cases of H1N1 recover without medical attention, this is an unfortunate reminder that all flu viruses can be deadly. We must continue to be vigilant in preventing the spread of the H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza. We anticipate that we could see more illnesses and deaths from H1N1, which is now widespread in our communities."        

North Idaho has seen an increase in flu-like illness during the past month. Idaho is one of 37 states that report widespread H1N1 influenza.

When, or if, confirmed, this man's death will be the fifth in Idaho related to the H1N1 virus since September 1.        

H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu spread through the air, usually through coughing or sneezing by infected people. H1N1 symptoms typically start with a fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, headache, body aches, chills and fatigue. Some people, mostly children, have reported diarrhea and vomiting.        

The first shipments of H1N1 vaccine arrived in northern Idaho this month. The initial supplies will go to vaccine target groups, but larger quantities are expected for public vaccinations in the coming weeks.

- Panhandle Health District

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