South Carolina has first H1N1 death

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 11:24 AM
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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced this morning the first documented death in the state associated with H1N1 influenza.

"It saddens me greatly to report that a Midlands-area child died last week from complications associated with H1N1,” stated DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter in a release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. This is a tragic reminder that this influenza virus is here, active in our state and can be deadly.”

Mr. Hunter stated today that the child, whose name and age were not in the release, had serious underlying health problems before contracting H1N1.

DHEC spokesman Thom Berry said that the state already has had more than 500 H1N1 cases reported statewide in South Carolina, but officials say the cases they’ve seen have been similar in severity to seasonal influenza.

That said,“It’s important to remember that seasonal influenza also kills thousands of people each year in this country," stated Jerry Gibson, chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control. "We strongly recommend that everyone take sensible steps to protect themselves.”

Those steps, according to DHEC, include:

Washing your hands frequently;

Covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throwing away the tissue immediately and washing your hands, or using your upper sleeve if no tissue is available;

Staying home if you are sick;

Staying away from others who appear to be sick;

Strengthening your resistance to illness by eating properly, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest;

Being alert for the upcoming availability of the H1N1 vaccine.

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easy breezy
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easy breezy 08/31/09 - 11:27 am
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This is terrible. How old was

This is terrible. How old was this child?

get_real
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get_real 08/31/09 - 11:40 am
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Parents, please keep your

Parents, please keep your children home if they show any signs of this flu.

The Big O
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The Big O 08/31/09 - 11:58 am
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The flu didn't kill the

The flu didn't kill the child. That is like saying pneumonia killed someone who has had AIDS for years. This story is just trying to generate paranoia.

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mosovich 08/31/09 - 12:35 pm
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You are correct Big O, but

You are correct Big O, but you know, you can't sell papers if you don't create panic! People don't bother to look and see how many people die from the regular flu each year.. If they knew that, they'd never go outside during flu season.. I know a guy who had it, he's fine now, just felt like poop a few days..

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getalife 08/31/09 - 01:29 pm
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While this swine flu is

While this swine flu is killing some people, it has not risen to the pandemic point. But if you read about the Spanish flu back in 1916-18, some estimates had the death toll at 100 million people around the world. I don't think the news media is trying to sell papers, but trying to warn people that this is a very dangerous flu and potentially could kill a lot of people.

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gab91494 08/31/09 - 01:44 pm
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No different than the regular

No different than the regular flu season. Do you all realize that each year approximately 30,000 ppl die from the flu? The only difference is this is a different strain, and guess what, each year the flu shots change because of it being a different strain each year and they have to find out what it is before they can produce. There is influenza A and B, the H1N1 is the A, they have already reported that. Apparantly there is nothing else to report on so they have to "blow" something out of proportion. Remember 2 years ago the big uproar about MRSA, well guess what, it didn't just appear then, it has been around for many many years. Guess what, you aren't hearing about that now. People if you would just wash your hands and cover your mouth and practice good hygiene, guess what, you can reduce your chances. No different than any other day. GROW UP!!!!

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Grasshopper 08/31/09 - 02:27 pm
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Now we will be dealing with

Now we will be dealing with an extra strain of the flu that is deeper in the chest. Parents need to pay close attention to their child's breathing when sick.

The Big O
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The Big O 08/31/09 - 03:13 pm
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getalife - educate yourself.

getalife - educate yourself. 30-40k people die every year from the flu and this isn't the early 20th century.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 08/31/09 - 03:36 pm
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I blame Obama

I blame Obama

Native007
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Native007 08/31/09 - 03:40 pm
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Cnn reported over 90,000 were

Cnn reported over 90,000 were going to die. I hate the media!

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 08/31/09 - 04:26 pm
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Yeah, the media is a joke,

Yeah, the media is a joke, except Fox News, of course. When they report that thousands will die under the new government death panels, I totally believe them. Dying from the flu, though? Gimme a break!

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NoPartyFan 08/31/09 - 08:43 pm
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Did you mean the Funeral

Did you mean the Funeral Channel reported over 90,000.....?

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soldout 08/31/09 - 11:37 pm
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The last year CDC has numbers

The last year CDC has numbers they told me the flu deaths were about 1600. Flu shots just don't work and research keeps showing that. Very ineffective for the elderly. They also double risk for cancer in study none in 2009 at Feinberg school of medicine. Another study done in May 2009 shows flu shots increase chance for hospitalization. For some good information go to drtenpenny.com. Every A type sent to CDC that can't be ID'ed is being called swine. If they don't know, they call it swine so that raises the numbers of swine flu cases. Best defense is no sugar. Washing hands is almost a non-factor. If you are toxic and need to detox you will probably get it no matter what you do. The NAET offices can fix it quickly and will have a method to protect from the reactions to the vaccine once it is available if you choose to risk the vacinne. Make sure you read what is in the vaccine if you decide to take it.

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