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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
12-year-old Girl Dies Of H1N1 Swine Flu In Marathon County
Three confirmed deaths of flu in the City of Milwaukee
By H. Nelson Goodson
Updated June 18, 2009
Town of Rib Mountain - On Thursday, June 18, State officials confirmed four deaths of the swine flu in Wisconsin. The latest victim, Emily Eaton, 12, from the town of Rib Mountain died on Wednesday of complications of H1N1 influenza. Eaton is the first victim to die of the swine flu in Marathon County. Eaton was hospitalized at Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield where she died, according to her parents Dale and Jennifer Eaton. Marathon County reported 51 cases of H1N1.
Milwaukee health officials have confirmed another death from the novel H1N1 influenza infection. This is the third known death from novel H1N1 for the city, and was an adolescent who apparently did not have any of the common underlying medical conditions that typically make people more at risk of influenza complications. The City of Milwaukee Health Department has previously reported two adult deaths from the virus.
“I’ve stated before that this is a new virus, to which nobody has any immunity, and for which there is currently no vaccine,” said Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker. “Please stay home if you’re experiencing signs of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, or sore throat. Do not go to work or school.”
Last Monday on June 15th, Tiara Mosely-Forrest, 14, died from influenza, pneumonia in the lungs, a staph infection and multiple organ failure at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Mosely-Forrest was confirmed of having the H1N1 Swine Flu virus by doctors. She was in the hospital for two weeks.
Two other women in Milwaukee have also died from swine flu complications, according to City of Milwaukee Health Department. Barbara Davis, 48, died on June 13th, and Andrea Morgan, 27, died on June 3rd, both women died from the H1N1 virus, according to family members who are now grieving their lost.
City health officials reported at least 2,098 cases of H1N1 flu cases in Milwaukee. “Swine influenza is a serious illness that remains widespread in our community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.