A 10th person in Maryland has died of swine flu, state health officials said Tuesday. The person, an adult from Western Maryland, had underlying health problems. As with other deaths related to the H1N1 virus, officials would not release further details.
Since the outbreak of the virus in the spring, 217 people in Maryland have been hospitalized and two children have died, one of them a 14-year-old girl with no underlying health problems.
Nationwide, 81 children have died of the swine flu, according to figures released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In an analysis of the H1N1 hospitalizations in 10 states from April through August, the agency found that even healthy people are becoming seriously ill from the virus. Of the 1,400 adult hospitalizations and 500 child hospitalizations, 45 percent did not have an underlying health problem.
Still, officials stressed, the virus can be especially severe in people with pre-existing health problems. For that reason, health officials are urging people with health problems who come down with flulike symptoms to notify their doctors immediately.
As the virus continues to spread widely across the nation, officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the inoculation becomes available to them. The first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine arrived in Maryland last week and will continue to trickle into doctors' offices and clinics, officials said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun