Colorado woman becomes state’s first swine flu fatality
July 29, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Colorado has its first fatal case of swine flu.
El Paso County health officials say a woman in her 40s has died of the H1N1 virus. Authorities didn’t name her, or say when she died.
Chris Lindley of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that swine flu is widespread, so only cases that lead to hospitalization are being counted. Colorado counted 43 of those more serious swine flu cases as of Tuesday.
Lindley confirms local reports that the El Paso death is Colorado’s first fatal case.
Federal health authorities say that swine flu has likely infected more than 1 million Americans, with at least 300 deaths nationwide.