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First suspect A/H1N1 flu death reported in Utah of US

A MAN with chronic health problems died yesterday from complications associated with A/H1N1 flu in a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, a local health official said.

David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, said the 21-year-old man with A/H1N1 flu died Wednesday morning at a Salt Lake City hospital.

Sundwall said the young man was overweight and had chronic medical conditions, including respiratory problems and other health issues.

Local health officials said the cause of death is under investigation, If the young man is confirmed as the victim of A/H1N1 virus, it would be the first fatality associated with the flu outbreak in the state of Utah, and the ninth in the US.

The outbreak has sickened around 10,000 people in some 40 countries and regions, and killed 87 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization and governments reports.

In the United States, at least 5,710 cases of A/H1N1 flu have been confirmed and 10 have been killed, according to latest figures from the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention yesterday.


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