Central Valley

2nd person in Stanislaus County dies from swine flu

A second person in Stanislaus County has died from swine flu.

County health officials said today a 37-year-old man died Monday in a local hospital from complications of the flu. His name and place of residence were not released.

Dr. John Walker, the county’s public health officer, said the man was hospitalized July 25 after suffering from flu symptoms.

“We would like to convey our deepest sympathy to the family of this patient,” Walker said. “This death reminds us that the H1N1 virus is widespread and among us. Although this should not be cause for alarm, everyone should remain vigilant in helping to prevent the spread of H1N1.”

The county’s first reported fatality from H1N1 was a 21-year-old Ceres woman who died July 1. Officials say that swine flu illness is widespread in California and in Stanislaus County. Thirty-five people with serious complications have been hospitalized in this county.