Swine flu deaths in state now at eight


Health officials are reporting two more swine flu-related deaths in Nevada.

The Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday that a 37-year-old man with underlying medical conditions died July 29 and a 52-year-old man, also with underlying medical conditions, died Saturday.

The deaths bring the number of swine flu-related deaths in Nevada to eight. All were in Southern Nevada. Their identities were not released.

Health officials reported four deaths in July and two in June, including the death of a 70-year-old New York state resident who died shortly after she arrived in Las Vegas.

In Washoe County, the sheriff's office said one jail inmate has tested positive for swine flu and four other suspected cases are awaiting test results.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Brooke Keast said 11 inmates at the Reno jail have shown symptoms of the H1N1 virus, which prompted the quarantine of one housing unit Friday.

Keast said any new inmates showing signs of the flu will be housed in isolation to keep it from spreading.

The housing unit where most of the cases began remains under quarantine, and no new inmates are being placed there.

 

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