Swine Flu Florida
Official: Pregnant Woman Dies Of Swine Flu
State Has Seen 562 Cases As Of Last Week
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A pregnant woman has died of swine flu, or H1N1, at Florida Hospital Altamonte, according to the Seminole County Health Department.
The 30-year-old mom-to-be had swine flu since June 18 and had respiratory problems when she was admitted to the hospital and was considered high risk, according to Florida Hospital.
It is unknown if the woman traveled recently.
A case of the swine flu was also confirmed Tuesday in a student at the University of Central Florida.
The 20-year-old student went to the UCF Health Center on June 17 complaining of flu-like symptoms. Health Services sent a specimen from the student to a state laboratory in Jacksonville and it was confirmed to be the H1N1 virus. The student has made a full recovery.
According to a news release, another possible case at UCF could be confirmed later this week. This case involves another 20-year-old undergraduate student who visited the clinic with mild flu-like symptoms.
UCF Health Services said the two cases are not related, and that the two students live in separate off-campus housing and do not have any classes together.
Also on Tuesday, a 55-year-old man who was Volusia County's third case of swine flu has died of another illness.
Florida Hospital DeLand said the death was not caused by the flu, but by a preexisting chronic illness.
The state of Florida has confirmed 562 cases of swine flu, or H1N1, as of last week. A boy from Miami-Dade County died.
Health officials advise frequent hand washing and limited exposure to people who are coughing or appear sick to avoid coming in contact with the virus.