Two swine flu deaths reported in Fairbanks

Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Two more swine flu-related deaths have been reported in Alaska.

The Department of Health and Social Services said both were Fairbanks women who died Sept. 24 and had pre-existing conditions.

That brings the total of swine flu deaths in the state to five.

The Anchorage Daily News reported the department will no longer issue a news release for each flu-related death but will update its Web site each Wednesday.

State epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said flu kills about 80 people a year in Alaska. McLaughlin says health care professionals are seeing an unusual number of flu cases for this time of year in Alaska and nearly all are the H1N1 virus.

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