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San Diego County Reports 5th Swine Flu Death

A 36-year-old man has become the fifth person in San Diego County whose death is associated with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

The unidentified man, who had underlying health issues, died Saturday, according to the HHSA.

"We want to send our thoughts and sympathies to the family of this individual," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County's public health officer.

"We again remind all San Diego County residents to continue to be vigilant about using common-sense steps to prevent the spread of this flu by covering their coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently and properly and, most importantly, staying home if they are sick."

According to Wooten, the H1N1 influenza virus is widespread throughout the community.

It was revealed today that a total of 89 out of 200 children who recently attended a five-day American Lung Association camp for asthmatic youths in Julian were sickened by swine flu.

"It's not uncommon that the virus will be seen in congregate situations like camps, long-term care facilities or other places where large numbers of people reside or gather," Wooten said.

County health officials urged the public to stay home from work or school if they have influenza-like illness or symptoms similar to the seasonal flu, which include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Wooten said individuals with underlying medical conditions who are experiencing influenza-like illness or symptoms should contact their primary care physician.