The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed the deaths of three people who were infected with the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. None of the cases announced today had any underlying health conditions that placed them at greater risk of complications from H1N1 flu. Twelve people in Kansas have now reportedly died after being infected with H1N1.
The deaths occurred in the following individuals:
· A 52 year-old woman from the Wichita metropolitan area* was confirmed to have pandemic H1N1 on October 13. Her death was reported to KDHE on October 27.
· A 39 year-old man from the Kansas City metropolitan area* was confirmed to have pandemic H1N1 on October 15, and his death was reported to KDHE on October 28.
· A 51 year-old woman from the Topeka metropolitan area* was confirmed with pandemic H1N1 on October 27. This woman’s death was also reported to KDHE on October 28.
KDHE Secretary Roderick Bremby and Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas State Health Officer, expressed sympathy and offered their deepest condolences to the families involved.