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Duchesne County woman dies from swine flu

A Duchesne County woman has died after contracting the swine flu, a public health official confirmed Tuesday.
A Duchesne County woman has died after contracting the swine flu, a public health official confirmed Tuesday.
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DUCHESNE — A Duchesne County woman has died after contracting the swine flu, a public health official confirmed Tuesday.

The woman died Friday, said TriCounty Health Department spokeswoman Jeramie Tubbs.

Tubbs, whose department also serves Uintah and Daggett counties, declined to release the woman's name or approximate age, except to say that she was an adult.

The virus, also frequently referred to as H1N1, "is just another strain of the flu," Tubbs said. In the case of the woman who died, "it didn’t come from exposure to animals," she said.

"Take … preventative measures. If an individual hasn’t already had their flu vaccine, it’s not too late to do that now," Tubbs said. "That’s the best way to prevent influenza."

She also recommended adequate rest, proper hygiene and hand-washing as ways to avoid the flu.

Gregg Reed, an influenza epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, said the swine flu strain of the illness "has actually turned into a seasonal strain."

The swine flu gained notoriety for its wide impact in 2009, Reed said, but is now considered a fairly frequent variation of the sickness.

"We’re seeing the same strain, only it's coming back and (is) expected each year," he said.

— Ben Lockhart, Cleon Wall