Four area residents dead from swine flu
Posted: Oct 15, 2009 5:30 PM EST Updated: Oct 15, 2009 6:11 PM EST
SPOKANE-- Health officials on both sides of the stateline confirm that four area residents - three in Spokane County and one in Kootenai County - have died from the swine flu within the last week.
The Panhandle Health District confirms that Post Falls resident Kerrie S. Scott died at his home in the past week. Officials said he had been suffering from symptoms of the flu.
"The death of a resident of our community saddens us deeply and our sympathies go out to his family and other loved ones," said Jeanne Bock, Panhandle Health District director. "Although most cases of H1N1 recover without medical attention, this is an unfortunate reminder that all flu viruses can be deadly."
Scott, who was in his 30s, was a well known youth football coach in Post Falls. Scott's death is one of five swine flu related deaths in all of Idaho since September 1st.
"We must continue to be vigilant in preventing the spread of the H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza," Bock said. "We anticipate that we could see more illnesses and deaths from H1N1, which is now widespread in our communities."
Meanwhile in Spokane County the Spokane Regional Health District confirmed Thursday afternoon that three people have died from complications related to swine flu.
The health district would only go as far as say the victims were a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s and another woman in her 60s. In each case none of the victims had an underyling health conditions and all three died in the last week at home.