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First Swine Flu- Related Death Confirmed in Northwest

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OLYMPIA, Wash.--   According to the Washington State Department of Health, a Snohomish County man in his 30s with underlying heart conditions died last week with what appears to be complications of swine-origin influenza (H1N1).  This is the first death in Washington associated with the new flu strain.

While this marks the first death in this state related to swine flu, the case counts are expected to continue rising for some time to come.

Health officials say an additional 18 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Washington, bringing the state's total to 101.  The state Department of Health said Saturday that another 19 cases are considered probable for swine flu.  There are still no probable or confirmed cases in Benton, Franklin, or Walla Walla counties.

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