Swine flu blamed for 2 deaths in Suffolk

Health officials say two Long Islanders have died due to swine flu. Suffolk Health Commissioner Humayun Chaudhry says both victims were residents in the Town of Brookhaven and had underlying health conditions.

News 12 Staff

Jun 18, 2009, 10:21 PM

Updated 5,503 days ago

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Health officials say two Long Islanders have died due to swine flu.
Suffolk Health Commissioner Humayun Chaudhry says both victims were residents in the Town of Brookhaven and had underlying health conditions.
According to Chaudhry, one victim was a retired woman between the ages of 55 and 65 who died June 9. He says the second victim was a man between 35 and 45 years old, who died June 10. The commissioner says the victims did not know each other, work in schools, or have contact with anyone from Mexico, where the outbreak was first reported April 26.
Chaudhry says people may not associate summer weather with the flu, but residents should remain aware, wash their hands frequently and stay home or seek medical care when sick.
With schools almost out for the summer, health officials say day camps could be the next breeding ground for the illness. The state health department has now issued new recommendations for day camps.
?They're recommending that the camps do everything possible to limit things like handshaking, things like hugging and kissing,? Chaudhry says. ?Those kinds of recommendations we haven't made for the general population, but it is recommended for camps because children are a big focus with the virus.?


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