Second H1N1 death in Alameda County

June 11, 2009 2:24:25 PM PDT
A middle-aged Alameda County man who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus died Wednesday, marking the second swine flu-related death in that county and the third in the Bay Area.

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Alameda County Public Health Department spokeswoman Sherri Willis said the man who died Wednesday suffered from chronic health problems.

On Tuesday, county health officials announced the death of another middle-aged man who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus, and who also suffered from chronic health problems.

Last week, health officials in Contra Costa County announced that a 9-year-old girl in that county with H1N1 died May 29.

The World Health Organization today declared the H1N1 outbreak a pandemic.

"Countries should prepare to see cases, or the further spread of cases, in the near future. Countries where outbreaks appear to have peaked should prepare for a second wave of infection," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a statement.

As of Wednesday, 74 countries have reported 27,737 cases of H1N1 infection and 141 deaths, according to WHO statistics.

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