Posted: Sep 26, 2009 8:28 PM by Jthibodeaux
Updated: Sep 26, 2009 8:28 PM
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Louisiana confirms 3 more deaths from swine flu
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials say three more
people, including a child, have died from complications related to
the H1N1 virus known as swine flu.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed the
deaths Friday. Officials say the victims include a female child and
adult male from the greater New Orleans area and an adult male from
the Lafayette area.
Other details about the individuals were withheld because of
Officials say the deaths bring to 11 H1N1-related deaths
As with the seasonal flu - which kills 600 to 1,000 Louisiana
residents a year - officials say many people who get sick just need
to stay home and take medicine for their coughs, fever, sore throat
and other symptoms.
At least 851 cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed in
Louisiana this year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends
everyone who would normally get a winter flu shot get one now, and
return for a swine flu vaccination when those become available.
Supplies are expected to begin trickling in during October.
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