Another Swine Flu Death Confirmed in Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan officials say a 58-year-old Roscommon County man is the state's second swine flu-related death.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Thursday that the man died June 4. Lab results on Wednesday confirmed the H1N1 influenza virus.

The department says the man also had other underlying health conditions but did not release any additional information.

Michigan had 418 confirmed cases of swine flu as of Tuesday. A 53-year-old Macomb County woman died June 1 from complications of the virus.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 27 deaths from the infection in the United States as of June 5.
The World Health Organization says the spread of swine flu has created the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.

The announcement by WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan came Thursday as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere to near 30,000 cases.

Chan said she decided to raise the pandemic alert level from phase 5 to 6, meaning that a global outbreak of swine flu has begun, after an emergency meeting on swine flu with top experts.

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