ELIZABETH – A 54-year-old Union County woman died of complications related to swine flu last week, authorities announced.
The woman, who was a patient at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, had several underlying medical conditions according to Donna Leusner, communications director for the state Department of Health.
Fifteen New Jersey residents have died from the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, according to state officials, including three other Union County residents.
As of July 22, state officials had confirmed 934 cases of H1N1 influenza in New Jersey, and there were another 480 probable cases. Still, the health department reported that emergency room visits for flu-like symptoms had declined.
“We know H1N1 flu virus is circulating throughout the state,” Leusner said. Precautions include frequent hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes. Those who develop a fever of more than 100 degrees, along with a cough or sore throat, should stay home for a week or until symptoms have cleared for 24 hours, officials said.
The health department is preparing for a possible mass immunization campaign this fall.
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