The Madison County Health Department is reporting the death of a Madison County man in his 50s in Madison County as related to the H1N1 influenza virus, following testing at the State Public Health Laboratory.
“It is with great sadness that we make this report, and our hearts go out to the gentleman’s family,” said James Rousey, Public Health Director for Madison County Health Department.
This is the first death in Madison County related to the H1N1 virus. The deceased had significant underlying health conditions. This brings to 13 the number of Kentuckians whose deaths are attributed to the complications of H1N1 influenza. Kentucky also has reported swine flu-related deaths in Jefferson, Fayette, Caldwell, Christian, Hardin, Knox, Pulaski, McCreary and Scott counties.
Both the H1N1 and the annual seasonal flu viruses can cause serious illness and complications including death. Influenza and its complications are the 7th leading cause of death for Kentuckians. Citizens are urged to adopt personal protective actions, such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick. People who are at high risk of complications from the flu should consider taking the H1N1 vaccination as soon as it becomes available.
Nationally, health officials continue to assure local health departments that there will eventually be a good supply of vaccine for anyone who wants it.