30-Year-Old Riverside Co. Man Who Died Tests Positive For H1N1
His death is the first influenza-related death in Riverside County this season, according to health officials.
By Samia Khan
Friday, Jan 10, 2014
Health officials confirm that a 30-year-old Coachella Valley man who died this week tested positive for influenza, making it the first flu-related death in Riverside County this season.
The man tested positive for the H1N1 strain, commonly known as swine flu. He died after being briefly hospitalized, according to Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.
Officials are looking into whether the man suffered from other health issues that may have contributed to his death. They have also not confirmed whether he had received a flu vaccine.
Though flu activity has increased statewide, health officials said flu activity in Riverside County overall is within the expected levels for the season.
There have been nine cases of swine-flu related deaths in the Bay Area this season, according to NBC Bay Area.
Last week, Orange County officials confirmed that a 28-year-old woman had died because of a flu-related illness.