New Jersey reported its second swine-flu-related death today and Pennsylvania its third, both cases diagnosed posthumously.
In central New Jersey, a 15-year-old boy died at home in Somerset County on June 8 after developing symptoms that included fever, vomiting, coughing, and congestion, state health officials said. The state lab confirmed H1N1 today, and the medical examiner's office is investigating "other possible contributing medical factors," the state Department of Health and Senior Services said.
In northeastern Pennsylvania, a 48-year-old woman from Pike County died Saturday at a hospital across the state line in Port Jervis, N.Y. She had respiratory distress and other medical problems besides the flu, and had been sick for a week before seeking treatment, officials in New York's Orange County said. Lab tests in New York confirmed H1N1.
More than 44 deaths nationwide have been attributed to H1N1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the vast majority of infections are mild and most people recover without treatment. - Don Sapatkin