Media Release

Fifth & Sixth County H1N1 (Swine Flu) Deaths

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:15 AM

This press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) has received notification of two H1N1 Swine Flu related deaths. A 63 year old female and 38 year old male, both residents of Alachua County, recently passed away.  While most cases of H1N1 Swine Flu are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu.  "Our deepest sympathies are extended to family and friends." stated Jean Munden, Administrator of the ACHD.  "We continue to receive and investigate reports of flu transmission in the County and urge citizens to exercise precautions against infection."

Influenza is characterized by a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit accompanied with a cough and or sneezing.  Some infected individuals may also experience a sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.

Citizens are urged to stay home and away from others if they are ill, cough or sneeze into a tissue and discard it, or into their sleeve if tissues are not available.  They should also stay away from others that are ill.  If they require medical attention, they should contact their medical provider for instructions prior to presenting at their office or clinic.

For general media inquiries, contact Paul Myers at 352-334-7902.

For more information about influenza, call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7981 or visit or

The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve the health and safety of all citizens and visitors.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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