Swine Flu Believed to be Factor in Local Man's Death

By: Liz Palka Email
By: Liz Palka Email

September 30, 2009

The Virginia Department of Health says a resident of the Charlottesville region has died after contracting the H1N1 virus.

The agency said Wednesday that the cause of the man's death hasn't been confirmed, but the flu virus appears to have been a factor.

The patient had an underlying health condition that put him at greater risk of complications from the novel influenza A, which some have dubbed "swine flu."

No other details were released.

Dr. Lilian Peake, from the Virginia Department of Health, says most people infected with swine flu are between the ages of five and 24. She says pregnant women, children ages four and younger and people with chronic medical conditions are at risk.

Peake also says people should try to get both the seasonal and swine flu shot this fall.

"It is spreading and it is around the community," said Dr. Peake. "So we're already encouraging people to do everything they can to reduce the spread of germs."

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