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Friday, May 28, 2010

Omaha : H1N1 sickened hundreds

Via Omaha World Herald :

" More than a dozen deaths and 536 illnesses in Nebraska during the 2009 flu season were attributed to H1N1 flu, according to a state report released Thursday.

H1N1, also called swine flu, raised fears of a global pandemic when it emerged last year.
In Nebraska, 13 people died between Aug. 30 and May 1, which is considered flu season, according to a report from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The department also attributed two other deaths last summer to H1N1, but they happened prior to the season's start.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported 48,821 cases of H1N1 flu nationwide during the 2009 flu season. There were 2,117 confirmed deaths.

Symptoms of the illness include a fever of more than 100 degrees, body aches, coughing, a sore throat, respiratory congestion and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea."

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