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Pinellas woman, 52, dies of swine flu virus

ST. PETERSBURG — A 52-year-old woman was the 12th person to die from the swine flu virus in Pinellas County, health officials reported Monday.

The news comes after three weeks in which Florida saw no deaths from the H1N1 virus, which has killed 187 residents since first detected last spring.

The Pinellas woman had underlying medical conditions, officials said. They did not release additional information.

While the spread of the virus is on the wane statewide, health officials continue to urge people to protect themselves by getting the H1N1 vaccine, which is now widely available. In Florida, flu season peaks in mid February, but can last into March and beyond.

Times staff

Pinellas woman, 52, dies of swine flu virus 01/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 9:31pm]
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