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    Boulder County boy dies from H1N1 flu
    written by: Jeffrey Wolf 1 hr ago

    BOULDER - A boy in Boulder County is the latest person in Colorado to die from the H1N1 swine flu this month, according to the Boulder Department of Health.

    The boy, whose name, age and hometown were not released, died on Sept. 15.

    A spokesperson for the Boulder Health Department says he was being treated at The Children's Hospital in Aurora and was between 10 and 17 years old.

    A report in the Daily Camera says the state health department confirmed that a Denver resident, who was about 50, died on Monday from the H1N1 virus.

    Boulder County says at least seven people there are in the hospital because of the flu and four have H1N1. As for the other three, two had type A flu and one had an H3 sub type.

    The people hospitalized are four men and three women, ranging in age from two weeks to 91 years old.

    They live in Longmont, Lafayette and Boulder.

    According to a report in the Daily Camera, both the boy who died in Boulder County and the Denver patient had other health conditions that could have contributed to their deaths.

    In July, a 41-year-old El Paso County woman died from the H1N1 flu.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says more than 170 people were hospitalized because of flu-related illnesses from Sept. 5 to Sept. 19.

    If you are symptomatic but not at high-risk, experts say you should stay home until your fever goes down for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.

    If you are hospitalized for the flu, experts recommend antiviral medications like Tamiflu. Those medications are said to be most effective if started within 48 hours of the onset of the illness.

    High-risk individuals who should see a health care provided include the flowing:

    -Infants and young children
    -Pregnant women
    -People 65 years of age and older
    -People of any age with lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, weakened immune systems from cancer, HIV or immunosuppressive medications
    -People with kidney disease, diabetes or neurological and neuromuscular diseases
    -People younger than 19 years with diseases requiring long-term aspirin therapy
    -Individuals with other chronic diseases
    If a child experiences the following symptoms a health care provider should be seen:
    -Difficulty breathing or fast breathing
    -Bluish or gray skin color
    -Fever lasting more than three days
    -Dehydration (no urination in 12 hours)
    -Severe or persistent vomiting
    -Not waking up or not interacting
    -Very irritable and not wanting to be held
    -Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

    If an adult experiences the following symptoms a health care provider should be seen:

    -Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    -Pain or pressure in the chest
    -Confusion or increasing lethargy (sluggishness)
    -Severe or persistent vomiting
    -Persistent fever and cough

    To avoid the flu in the first place, aside from getting a season flu and H1N1 vaccination, the following tips should be followed:

    -Frequently washing hands
    -Coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm, rather than uncovered or in your hand;
    -Avoiding people with respiratory illness
    -Staying home from work or school when sick, returning only after fever has subsided for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication.

    For more on H1N1 and the flu season visit special section

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    Re: Death of Boulder Co. boy & Denver man


    Boulder County boy dies from swine flu
    Child had underlying health condition, officials say
    By Vanessa Miller Camera Staff Writer
    Posted: 09/23/2009 11:17:10 PM MDT

    A Boulder County boy has died from H1N1 flu -- one of two swine flu deaths in Colorado this month -- and state health officials said they expect there will be more fatalities as the season progresses.

    The boy, whose name, age and hometown weren't disclosed, died Sept. 15, according to Chana Goussetis, spokeswoman for Boulder County Public Health. Officials said he was between age 10 and 17.

    A Denver resident who was about 50 died Monday from the swine flu, according to state health officials.

    Both the Boulder County boy and the Denver patient had underlying health conditions that might have contributed to their deaths, according to health officials. The Boulder County patient was treated at Children's Hospital in Aurora, but details about where he went to school or how his illness progressed weren't released.

    Since Aug. 30, more than 170 people have been hospitalized across the state in what health officials are calling an early and "extraordinary" start to the flu season. Of those hospitalizations, more than 90 have been confirmed as swine flu.

    Boulder County has had seven flu-related hospitalizations, including the boy who died. Four of the hospitalized residents had swine flu, two had type A flu and one had an H3 sub-type, Goussetis said. The people who were hospitalized -- four males and three females -- ranged in age from 2 weeks to 91. They lived in Longmont, Lafayette and Boulder, Goussetis said.

    The two Colorado swine flu deaths this month bring the state's total to three.
    The first reported swine flu death in Colorado was a 41-year-old El Paso County woman, who died in July.

    Lori Maldonado, spokeswoman for the state's public health department, said her department will start recording deaths in its weekly statistical report, in addition to hospitalizations, because they will likely become more common as the season progresses.

    The state will not report the dates that flu victims die, or their age, gender or hometown, for confidentiality reasons, Maldonado said.

    The Boulder Valley School District last week announced that some of its students have confirmed cases of swine flu, and concerns over the virus prompted the district to partner with Public Health to take new measures to track student sicknesses.

    Every week, through the end of the flu season in 2010, Boulder Valley health officials will compile lists of absent students from 10 schools, across all grade levels, and send the data to Public Health. The numbers will help officials gauge how many students are sick and track possible outbreaks.