Posted by Terry Alexander - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The swine flu out break has turned deadly here in Virginia. The commonwealth is reporting its first death linked to the virus.
That death happened in the Chesapeake area.
State health officials say the patient was an adult female who lived at the Southeastern Virginia Training Center, which according to its website, supports people with mental retardation and related disabilities.
Though the exact cause of death hasn't been determined, we are told the swine flu, or H-1-N-1 virus, appears to have been a factor.
The health department says the woman had serious underlying health conditions that likely exacerbated the impact of the virus.
Two other patients at the center do have the swine flu, but are recovering.
In a statement late Tuesday, Governor Tim Kaine said his heart goes out to the young woman's family and said, quote "I know all Virginians join me in offering our sympathies to the family for their deep personal loss."
He also said, this tragedy is a reminder that we need to remain vigilant against the spread of the swine flu.
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