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IDPH announces four H1N1 deaths in Iowa

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health announced four additional deaths from H1N1 in Iowa.

According to the IDPH, all four victims were adults and all but one had medical conditions that increased the risk of complications. The most recent deaths occurred in Dubuque County, Polk County, Mills County and Monona County.

"While school-age children have been most affected by the H1N1 virus over the past several weeks, surveillance is starting to show an increase in adult illness," IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said in a news release. "With H1N1 vaccine continuing to be allocated to states on a staggered basis, many adults are not yet in the priority group targeted for vaccination. Until more vaccine becomes available, it's important for all Iowans to continue to take personal action to prevent the spread of illness."

Public health officials suggest washing your hands, cover your cough or sneeze and staying home when sick. Symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to seasonal influenza and include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people with H1N1 flu also have diarrhea and vomit.

There have been 11 deaths from H1N1, including ten adults and one child.


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