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For Immediate Release: June 2, 2009

Statement OF Governor Kaine
~ ~ On first Virginia death associated with H1N1 influenza virus ~ ~

RICHMONDGovernor Timothy M. Kaine released the following statement today regarding the Commonwealth’s first confirmed death associated with the H1N1 influenza virus commonly known as “swine flu”:

        “The news today that the Commonwealth has witnessed its first death associated with the H1N1 influenza virus is a sad and sharp reminder that Virginians must remain vigilant against the spread of this potentially fatal illness. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young woman who passed away this afternoon in Chesapeake.

        “Although this particular individual—a resident at the Southeastern Virginia Training Center—had serious underlying health conditions that likely exacerbated the impact of the H1N1 virus, it is important that all Virginians take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones against spreading germs during the normal course of the flu season. Individuals with symptoms should be particularly cautious and take proactive measures to prevent infection and spread of the disease.

        “I know all Virginians join me in offering our sympathies to the family for their deep personal loss.”



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