Flu claims another Florida victim

MIAMI — Health officials have reported a seventh swine flu death in Miami-Dade County.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department reported the 55-year-old man’s death Monday. The county reports a total of 818 cases of the H1N1 virus.

Statewide, more than 2,100 people have been sickened since the outbreak emerged. State health officials have recorded 17 deaths total.

Susan Smith, with the Florida Department of Health, says it’s important for people to stay home if they’re sick, wash their hands frequently and cover their faces when they cough or sneeze.