Louisville Confirms First H1N1 Death

by Gabe Bullard on October 2, 2009

Louisville health officials have confirmed the city’s first H1N1-related death.

The September 21st death of an otherwise healthy 41-year-old woman has been blamed on a lung disease related to H1N1.

Public Health director Dr. Adewale Troutman says the case is not proof that the swine flu is any more dangerous than the standar seasonal flu, which kills dozens of Louisvillians each year.

“In the vast majority of H1N1 cases in Louisville, in Kentucky and in the United States people have recovered and have not had to seek medical treatment,” he says.

The first doses of the H1N1 vaccine will arrive in Louisville next week with subsequent doses arriving each following week.

“First on the list are pregnant women,” says Troutman. “Second is people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age. Health care and emergency medical services personnel, children 6 months through 4 years of age and children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.”

The first doses will be given to priority patients such as health and child care workers and pregnant women. This is the 2nd confirmed H1N1 death in Kentucky. 4 have been confirmed in Indiana.

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