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Thu September 17, 2009
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's second swine flu death reported
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Health officials say a second Oklahoman has died after contracting swine flu.
In addition to the illness, the Carter County man had underlying medical conditions as did an earlier Oklahoma swine flu patient who died.
The state Department of Health said Thursday that the virus appears widespread in the state.
In the past week, 20 people have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline said most people have little or no immunity to this flu strain and the illness may be severe for some.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Health officials say those with flu-like symptoms should not go to work or school, where others might become infected.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.