Maryland reports sixth death from swine flu

Maryland health officials reported Thursday a sixth death associated with swine flu. Officials would not release details about the death, except to say it was an adult from the Washington suburbs with an underlying medical condition. As of last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 436 deaths and 6,506 hospitalizations associated with the virus, known as H1N1. As infections continue to spread widely, the federal agency and state health departments have stopped recording confirmed flu cases that do not result in deaths or hospitalizations. On Monday, researchers began testing an H1N1 vaccine on adults at academic sites nationwide, including the University of Maryland's Center for Vaccine Development, in anticipation of what could be a mass vaccination campaign in October.

-Kelly Brewington

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