Updated: Thursday, 02 Jul 2009, 1:06 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 02 Jul 2009, 1:06 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that a Butler
County male in his 40s, who was infected with H1N1 influenza, died
June 29. This is the first Ohio death linked to the pandemic strain
of influenza. The patient had underlying health problems that may
have contributed to his death.
The H1N1 infection was confirmed at the ODH laboratory today. ODH is unable to provide further details about the patient to protect confidentially. Patient contacts are being identified to determine whether public health interventions are necessary.
“Our hearts go out to this man’s family and loved ones,” said ODH Director Alvin D. Jackson, M.D. “This is a sad, and not entirely unexpected, event as influenza and its complications cause some 3,000 deaths annually in Ohio, ranking it among the top 10 causes of death. We continue to urge Ohioans to take proper precautions and will monitor the situation closely.”
There have been 332 H1N1 deaths worldwide, including 127 in the
United States, according to the World Health Organization.
Ohioans should take the following actions to help stay healthy:
“Common sense is your best defense,” Jackson said.
As of Wednesday, ODH was reporting 108 confirmed and six probable H1N1 cases to date; for more information, please visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov or call the toll-free H1N1 information line at 1-866-800-1404 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; the line will not be staffed Friday, July 3.