May 19, 2009
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — – A 44-year-old St. Louis County man who was infected with swine flu has died.
St. Louis County Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre says tests will be run to confirm if swine flu was the cause of death. The man’s name was not released.
The death was announced Tuesday. A news conference was planned.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the man contracted the disease. If swine flu is confirmed as the cause of death, the man would be the first person in Missouri to die during the current outbreak of the disease.
Missouri has reported 20 cases of swine flu. Nationwide, there are more than 5,000 confirmed and suspected cases. Five people in the U.S. have died from the disease, and another U.S. death is being investigated for swine flu.
St. Louis County man with swine flu dies
A 44-year-old St. Louis County man who was diagnosed with the swine flu has died.
St. Louis County Health Director Dr. Delores Gunn will conduct a news conference at 11:30 a.m. at 111 South Meramec in Clayton at her office to discuss the death.
An autopsy will be performed to confirm that swine flu is the cause of death. The man was diagnosed with the disease several days ago and died this morning.
John Shelton of the St. Louis County Health Department says the man had recently traveled to Mexico.
If it is determined by medical examiners that the patient’s death was directly related to the swine flu, this will be the first swine flu death in the St. Louis area.
Before this death, the total number of swine flu-related deaths in the United States was six according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most recently, a teacher at a New York school died on Sunday.