Seventh H1N1 (swine) flu death confirmed in Sarasota County

The Sarasota County Health Department reports today it has received laboratory confirmation of a seventh H1N1 (swine) flu-related death in the county.

This victim was a 51-year-old male with underlying medical conditions.

Manatee Count has recorded three H1N1 deaths since the pandemic started.

“Flu activity remains less than expected for this time of year; however, H1N1 influenza is still present in our community,” said Dr. William Heymann, medical executive director for the Sarasota County Health Department. “It can be a serious and even fatal disease especially in children, pregnant women and among those living with chronic health conditions.”

Everyone is urged to continue to take important actions to help reduce flu illness in the community: