First NC child dies of swine flu

September 25, 2009 12:40:03 PM PDT
North Carolina health officials announced Friday that a child has died of complications from swine flu.State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel said the death occurred on September 19.

Engel would only say the child lived in North Carolina. He refused to say the child's name, age, hometown, or even what county it happened in - saying the victim's family's privacy needed to be protected.

"This is always a difficult announcement to make," Engel said. "We hope that making people aware of this tragic case will remind others to be to be vigilant about protecting themselves and their children."

Engel said the child's death was likely due to underlying medical conditions which made the effects of swine flu more severe.

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