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First H1N1 flu related death reported in Los Angeles County

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Los Angeles County has its first H1N1 flu related death. Today L.A. County Health Official Dr. Jonathan Fielding announced a middle-aged woman with respiratory problems had died of the so-called swine flu last week. At this point, they don’t know how the woman contracted this new strain of the flu.

Dr. Fielding says there are other cases of H1N1 in the county: “…to date we have 102 confirmed … and 19 probable cases…” A few of the victims are sick enough to be hospitalized. This type of influenza popped up last April and has spread to a number of countries. There are more than 10,000 reported cases and at least 17 deaths from the HIN1 flu in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. 

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