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First swine flu death in Clay County reported

The H1N1 influenza now accounts for 90 percent of the flu cases reported to the Clay County Health Department in Northeast Florida

Los Angeles, August 15: The insidious H1N1 influenza dealt a body blow in the Clay County when a 30-year-old woman succumbed to the lethal virus.

The death is the first fatality due to the swine flu virus in this beautiful county nestled along the banks of the majestic St. Johns River in Northeast Florida.

The news of the death was provided by the Clay County Health Department (CCHD) in a news release issued Friday night. The other personal information of the deceased was not divulged.

Nancy Mills, administrator of the Health Department said, “This tragic loss is a painful reminder that the flu is present throughout our community.”

“We urge all residents and visitors to continue with recommended precautions to avoid illness and the spread of infection,” she requested.

Precautions undertaken
Talking of the measures undertaken by the CCHD to thwart the spread of the flu, Mills said that the department continues "enhanced surveillance and outreach to physicians, hospitals and other health care professions".

The health department is also keeping a close watch on the preparedness of the centers entrusted with the job of testing and treating the flu.

The county Health Department and the Florida Department of Health have urged the people with underlying medical conditions to stay indoors as they are more susceptible to contract the swine flu.

The people have also been advised not to come in contact with people who have flu-like cough, fever and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting signal a bigger risk, cautioned the department.

Any suspect of the swine flu must immediately contact the health care provider and check if the examination has to be conducted in the medical centre or at home.

Residents of the county can reach the Clay County Health Department at (904) 529-2852.

The lethal swine flu virus has sniffed life out of 477 people nationally. In all, 7,511 people have been hospitalized, revealed the data disclosed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.