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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Guam confirms second H1N1 death

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services confirmed yesterday another H1N1-related death on the island--the second thus far.

In a statement issued just before 5pm yesterday, Public Health director J. Peter Roberto said his department received confirmation late Tuesday afternoon of an H1N1-related death.

"During the course of regular surveillance activities, DPHSS sent 13 specimens to an off-island lab for confirmatory testing. Of the 13 samples, six returned positive for H1N1, which included one positive case belonging to a patient who has since passed away.

:The deceased was between the ages of 5 and 24 years old and had severe preexisting health conditions. The department is in the process of contacting the next of kin before releasing any further details. Pending this notification I am asking for the public’s patience and understanding at this time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased individual," Roberto said.

Guam’s first case of swine flu related death was announced at a news conference in Mangilao on July 20 this year. (PR)

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