Published October 20, 2009 08:48 am - Outbreaks of seasonal and swine flu continue to be widespread across Kansas even as the first shipments of swine flu vaccine arrive in the state, health officials said Monday.
Health officials: Flu outbreak widespread in Kansas
TOPEKA, KS (kcur) - Outbreaks of seasonal and swine flu continue to be widespread across Kansas, even as the first shipments of vaccine arrive in the state.
The Department of Health and Environment reports that there were 30 deaths from pneumonia or influenza out of 456 deaths in the state for the week ending Oct. 10, or about 6.6 percent. That's slightly higher than the national average of 6.5 percent for the preceding week.
Overall, 75 of the 105 Kansas counties had confirmed cases of swine flu.
Deaths have recently averaged about three per week. The state reported 92 deaths related to pneumonia or influenza — all but nine among those aged 65 and older — from Sept. 26 through Oct. 10. None of the deaths were among people under age 18, but about 53 percent of those sickened by swine flu were between ages 5 and 24.
Eight deaths in Kansas have been linked directly to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The latest case was a 48-year-old woman from southwest Kansas who died Thursday. Health officials said she had an underlying health condition. Other details weren’t released.http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/local_ ... 84816.html