- The Washington Times - Friday, May 15, 2009

The H1N1 flu virus that has infected roughly 7,500 people worldwide has killed a fourth person in the United States and “is not going away,” a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doctor said Friday.

“The novel virus continues to develop and appears to be expanding,” said Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan. “Continuous vigilance and action is needed.”

The most recent death occurred in Arizona’s Maricopa County. The victim was a woman in her late 40’s with underlying lung disease who died last week from complications from the flu, according to the county health department.

Unfortunately, we knew this was coming,” said Dr. Bob England, director of county’s public health department. “Flu is serious, especially for those with underlying health conditions.

The first case of the so-called “swine flu”was discovered in Mexico in late April and is now in 34 countries.

There are 4,700 cases in the United States in 46 states and the District.

The World Health Organization on Friday reported 7,520 cases worldwide with 65 deaths — 60 in Mexico, one in Canada, one in Costa Rica and only three in the U.S.

Among the other countries with the most cases are: Spain with 100, the United Kingdom with 71, and Panama with 40.

• Joseph Weber can be reached at jweber@washingtontimes.com.old.

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