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31-year-old Polk County swine flu patient dies

BARTOW — A 31-year-old man from Polk County died Thursday night of complications with the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu.

The Polk County Health Department said the man had preexisting conditions, though they would not say what they were.

There have been more than 2,000 cases of the virus in Florida so far.

A story in Friday editions of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune cited a Thursday report from county health officials there that an otherwise healthy man also died of the virus. He was 22.

Officials urge people to wash their hands frequently, stay home if they feel sick and cover their mouths if they cough.

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