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November 7, 2013

Patient who tested positive for swine flu dies in Alaska hospital

Alaska Dispatch

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A young adult who tested positive for what could be the H1N1 flu strain has died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Flu season is impacting Alaska later than usual this fall, and two types of influenza have been identified by the state — including H1N1, which frightened people here and Outside four years ago when it emerged as a pandemic.

The hospital sent out an email Wednesday informing employees of the death of a young adult who had tested positive for what in-depth results could reveal as H1N1. The email also noted that some of the patients admitted to the medical center during the past week who tested positive for flu are “seriously ill.”

“The predominant strain in the cases appears to be the 2009 H1N1, which is included in the 2013-14 influenza vaccines,” the email said.  

Full story: Alaska flu patient dies, H1N1 'swine flu' identified as possible cause