Mesa County confirms first pediatric Swine Flu-related death

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County Health Department officials have confirmed the county's first pediatric Swine Flu-related death.

Health Department officials say the child was a teenager with severe underlying medical conditions. Out of respect to the family no further details are being released by Department officials who extend their sympathy to the family.

Officials say flu activity in the area seems to have peaked in the last week of October. Twenty cases were hospitalized then, but just two last week. So far, there have been 95 hospitalized cases in Mesa County.

Health Department officials tell 11 News the only Swine Flu-related deaths they are required to report by law are pediatric cases, it is unknown if any other Mesa County residents have died from the disease or complications.

The Health Department is currently scheduling H1N1 clinics for healthy kids and young adults between five and 24-years-old. Appointments are for this Saturday. Click the link below for more information. Despite the decline in cases recently, health officials are still encouraging people in high priority groups to get the vaccine. Officials are expecting that in the coming weeks the vaccine will be available to people outside priority groups.

Children with H1N1 often have mild or moderate illness similar to the seasonal flu and symptoms can include: fever, coughing, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. However, warning signs a child needs urgent medical attention include: rapid or difficult breathing, blue or gray skin color, not drinking enough fluids, low urine output or no tears when crying, severe or persistent vomiting, not waking up or interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, or flu-like symptoms that improve but later return with fever and worsened cough.

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