Swine flu wanes, but officials expect a return

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Alaska's last confirmed case of swine flu was six weeks ago, but public health officials expect it to return later this year.

State epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin says the virus did not strike Alaska as hard as feared this winter.

He credits the availability of antiviral medications and a campaign to promote basic healthy habits.

The last known death attributed to the swine flu in Alaska happened in early February. The 44-year-old Homer woman also had pneumonia.

In all, 13 Alaskans have died from swine flu.

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