Dallas County Reports 2 More Swine Flu Deaths

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009  |  Updated 10:57 PM CDT
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Dallas County Reports 2 More Swine Flu Deaths

Dallas County health officials say two people have died of the swine flu.

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Dallas County Reports 2 More Swine Flu Deaths

Dallas County health officials say two people have died of the swine flu.
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Dallas County health officials said Tuesday that two people have died of the swine flu.

The Dallas County Health Department said the victims are an 18-year-old man and a 24-year-old man with no underlying medical conditions. The health department did not release the men's names.

"The two reported today in individuals without pre-existing illnesses underscore the importance of vaccination," said Dr. Wendy Chung, chief epidemiologist.

But the department is currently out of the swine flu vaccine. The county distributed about 10,000 doses in three days last week.

"We are expecting shipments within the next week," Chung said.

And some Dallas pediatricians still have the vaccine in stock.

For now, health officials urge people to carefully monitor flu-like symptoms and suggest seeing a doctor immediately if a sick person has difficulty breathing.

"I think of our deaths, we are noticing many persons are presenting with difficulty breathing, signs that they may have pneumonia," Chung said. "It's better to seek medical attention sooner, rather than later."

Nineteen people have died of swine flu in Dallas County.

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