NEW PORT RICHEY – A 40-year-old Pasco man has died from complications from the H1N1 swine flu, the Pasco County Health Department said Friday.
The man, whose identity was not released, had "multiple chronic underlying medical conditions," the health department said. He is the third Pasco resident to die from a confirmed case of the swine flu.
"We are saddened by this loss in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends," said Dr. David Johnson, Pasco County health officer.
"H1N1 is still occurring in our county," Johnson said, "and as a community we need to continue to follow the recommended precautions to avoid spreading infections. We encourage influenza vaccinations."
H1N1 swine flu can be mild or severe in different people and may cause worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
To prevent getting or spreading the swine flu, officials urge the public to get the vaccination, practice everyday prevention (including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick) and use antiviral drugs correctly if recommended by a health professional.
For information on upcoming H1N1 swine flu vaccination clinics, visit www.myflusafety.com.
The Florida Department of Health has launched a toll-free number to provide public health information and updates on H1N1 swine flu. The information line is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call toll-free 1-877-352-3581.