ANOTHER H1N1 DEATH ON GUAM: 5 p.m. - Public Health confirms swine flu death this afternoon
Pacific Daily News • September 9, 2009
Public Health confirmed in an e-mail just before 5 p.m. today of another death related to the H1N1 flu.
The announcement was made a day after the department received the actual confirmation of test results that the death was related to H1N1, or swine flu.
"Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) received confirmation late yesterday afternoon of an H1N1-related death. During the course of regular surveillance activities, DPHSS sent 13 specimens to an off-island lab for confirmatory testing. Of the 13 samples, six returned positive for H1N1, which included one positive case belonging to a patient who has since passed away," according to the department in a press release.
The deceased was between the ages of 5 and 24 years old and had severe preexisting health conditions. The department is in the process of contacting the next of kin before releasing any further details. Pending this notification I am asking for the public’s patience and understanding at this time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased individual," according to Public health.
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