First Swine Flu Death In Western North Carolina

Health officials say a 55-year-old North Carolina man diagnosed with swine flu has died.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville reported Saturday the man was
admitted to a Transylvania County hospital on Monday with pneumonia
and flu-like symptoms.

County health department director Steve Smith said Friday that
tests confirmed the man had H1N1 swine flu. But he said further
tests are needed to determine if the flu caused his death.

The man's name was not released. Officials said he was the first
confirmed death associated with swine flu in the western North
Carolina county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes swine
flu has likely infected more than 1 million Americans, with many of
those suffering mild cases never reported. There have been 302
deaths since April.