Larry Howell, a 52-year-old man from southwest Kansas has died from infection with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, the KDHE announced today. This death brings the total number of confirmed deaths from the pandemic strain statewide to 26.
The man’s infection was confirmed in the KDHE laboratory on December 10, and his death was reported to KDHE on January 7. The man did not have any underlying health conditions that placed him at greater risk for severe complications of influenza.
KDHE Secretary Roderick Bremby and Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas State Health Officer, expressed sympathy and offered their deepest condolences to the family.