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Wilson County resident dies from H1N1 virus

Posted July 15, 2009 4:27 p.m. EDT

— A Wilson County woman has died from the H1N1 virus, the Wilson County Health Department announced Wednesday.

Specific information about the person, or the circumstances surrounding the death, was not released.

The H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was first identified in April, and since then there have been 37,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 211 deaths. There have been 395 confirmed cases of H1N1 in North Carolina, and 11 cases in Wilson County.

Influenza-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea or vomiting associated with this virus.

Like seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus can vary in severity from mild to severe.

Ways to help prevent the transmission of the H1N1 virus include:

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
  • Staying at home if you are sick.