Hospital announces flu death
New Britain [June 23 2009] -
Officials from The Hospital of Central Connecticut and the New Britain Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that a hospital inpatient infected with the influenza virus H1N1 (swine flu) has died of respiratory failure.
The patient, whose age was between 50 and 59, was admitted to the hospital on June 13 with fever and respiratory symptoms. The patient died on June 19. The patient had an underlying medical condition which is known to shorten life expectancy and may have increased susceptibility to the H1N1 virus.
“Our thoughts are with this patient’s family and loved ones,” said hospital spokesperson Helayne Lightstone. “We are working diligently and taking every possible step to prevent transmission of the disease to protect our patients, visitors and staff.”
Eugene M. Ciccone, MD director of the New Britain Department of Public Health, urged residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of flu by staying home from work or school if they are sick, washing their hands frequently, and coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or a tissue.
The patient is the first person to die of H1NI in New Britain, Dr. Ciccone confirmed.
Contact: Helayne Lightstone, 860-224-5470
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