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November 18, 2009


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


H1N1 Death Reported to DHHS

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Lincoln – The West Central District Health Department reported an H1N1 death to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The Lincoln County man was in his 30s and had no chronic underlying health conditions. Because of state statutes, the name and other details about the person can’t be released.

“Another death weighs heavily in our hearts,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for DHHS. “Our surveillance is showing a drop in flu activity, but for this time of year it’s still very high. We need to remain vigilant because flu can be very unpredictable.”
So far, there have been a total of 12 H1N1 flu deaths reported in Nebraska. DHHS will continue to track deaths from H1N1.
Local Health Department Contact:
Shannon Vanderheiden, Director
West Central District Health Department
Phone: 308-696-1201, ext. 223 or 308-520-0158
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