News Release

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
Visit us at www.nwhealth.org


Despite rumors, there are no deaths from H1N1 (swine) flu in local area

(November 18, 2009) There have been no confirmed cases of influenza related "mortality" in the local health department service area, which includes Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties, to date.

As of November 16, Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reported 31 deaths from any flu strain in the state since September 1, 2009; two who died were from the northeast Lower Peninsula. Both deaths were confirmed to be caused by complications from H1N1 flu.

MDCH is currently investigating an additional eight deaths across the state from flu; if any flu deaths are confirmed in the local health district, public health officials will make an announcement immediately.

Of the 39 deaths MDCH has investigated, or is currently investigating: The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information regarding deaths from influenza in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/h1n1flu.
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