Oct 13, 2009 7:15 PM by Bea Karnes

Pueblo reports second swine flu death

Pueblo County has reported its second H1N1 swine flu death in a week. The two victims have been identified as Ronald Berumen, 37, and Jacqueline Romero, 21. Each had underlying health conditions. Berumen suffered from a seizure disorder while Romero was diabetic.

Berumen died in the emergency room of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, while Romero passed away at home.

Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, Pueblo City-County Health Department Director, said late Tuesday that Tamiflu and other drugs successfully combat swine flu, but they need to be administered immediately. Dr. Nevin-Woods said that a patient's condition can deteriorate in just a few hours.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced earlier today that nearly half of all hospitalizations of adults for swine flu in this country involved otherwise healthy adults, who didn't have asthma or other underlying medical conditions.

For the latest H1N1 news, advice, and resources, visit the H1N1 Info Center.


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