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Dec. 11, 2009

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356

H1N1 Death Reported to DHHS

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Lincoln – The Douglas County Health Department reported an H1N1 death to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Douglas County woman was in her 50s and had underlying health conditions. Because of state statutes, the name and other details about the person can’t be released.

“My thoughts are with the family,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for DHHS. “It’s hard to lose a loved one, especially around this time of the year.”

“Flu activity has decreased in Nebraska, but we do want people to remain vigilant because flu can be very unpredictable and the season is far from over,” she said.

So far, there have been a total of 13 H1N1 flu deaths reported in Nebraska. DHHS will continue to track deaths from H1N1.

Local Health Department Contact:
Phil Rooney
Douglas County Health Department
402-444-6427, 402-669-1602

Questions about flu? Contact the DHHS Flu Information Hotline at 1-888-541-5668 or 402-471-2579, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Central Time. You can also find the latest H1N1 information at