Swine flu may have claimed another in Valley
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:25:17 GMT —
South Texas continues to lead the state in the number of deaths linked to the H1N1 virus with 19 out of the 33 reported cases.
A 26-year-old man who died at a Rio Grande Valley hospital may be the 20th case.
While the CDC works to confirm the report with tests, family members of the victim do say he suffered from pre-existing conditions.
Dr. Brian Smith, Medical Director for the State Health Department Region 11, said it TMs especially important for people who are suffering from flu-like symptoms and are considered high risk people to seek immediate medical care.
"Within the first two days... You need to seek medical care with pre-existing conditions," said Dr. Smith.
Those with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, extreme obesity, poorly controlled diabetes or those who are pregnant are highest at risk.
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