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November 13, 2009

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


H1N1 Death Reported to DHHS

Lincoln – The Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness reported an H1N1 death to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Sarpy County man was in his 20s and had a condition that put him at risk of developing flu-related complications.  Because of state statutes, the name and other details about the person can’t be released. 

“Sadly, H1N1 continues to take its toll on Nebraskans,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for DHHS.  “Unfortunately, another death is a sobering reminder that H1N1 can be a very serious illness, and it’s important that we continue to take precautions to protect ourselves.”

 Things people can do to protect themselves:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear sick
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay home if you’re sick

So far, there have been a total of 11 H1N1 flu deaths reported in Nebraska.  DHHS will continue to track deaths from H1N1.

Local Health Department Contact:
Dianne Kelly, Director
Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness
Phone: 402-339-4334, ext. 205

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