A medically compromised, 13-year-old boy in southwest Tucson has been identified as Pima County's first fatality due to complications from the H1N1 virus, the swine flu.
The youth, third to die from swine flu in Arizona, was hospitalized May 10. He died May 15.
There was no indication of a travel history, according to the Pima County Health Department. His family members, who were also ill with the virus, had recovered with the exception of one sibling, who was hospitalized.
"Our prevention message remains the same," said Dr. Michelle McDonald, chief medical officer for the Pima County Health Department. "First and foremost, stay home if you're sick. Now that school is out for the summer, please keep sick kids home from the sitter or summer programs. Wash your hands frequently, and be sure to cover coughs and sneezes."
Last week, Pima County had 87 confirmed cases of swine flu, and Arizona had 452 confirmed cases in 11 of its 15 counties, according to The Associated Press.
The signs and symptoms of swine flu continue to model seasonal flu – fever, chills, headache, upper respiratory tract symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath), body aches, fatigue, vomiting and / or diarrhea.
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