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3rd Illinois resident dies from H1N1 flu

3rd Illinois resident dies from H1N1 flu

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GENEVA - A 42-year-old Kane County man has died from complications of H1N1 flu, bringing the number of Illinois deaths related to the virus to three.

The man who died Thursday had other medical problems, according to officials with the Kane County Health Department. They said no other information would be released because of privacy concerns.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to this family," Kane County Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert said in a statement. He advised people with chronic medical conditions to take precautions to avoid influenza.

The two other Illinois victims also had other medical problems, health officials have said. A 22-year-old Chicago man died Sunday. The death of a female from northwest suburban Cook County was announced Wednesday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,002 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in 19 counties. Most cases have been in Chicago and suburban Cook County.

Many mild cases may not be diagnosed because doctors are advised to test only severely ill patients.

Kane County, west of Chicago, has had 35 cases of H1N1 flu, county health officials said. The state health department's tally for Kane County is 33 cases. Reporting at the state level often lags behind county reporting.

The virus has sickened more than 13,000 people in 48 countries and been linked to more than a 100 deaths worldwide, with the majority of the fatalities in Mexico.

On the Net:

Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.idph.state.il.us/swine-flu/index.htm

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