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US-SwineFlu-Hawaii 06-29

Hawaii has 1st swine flu death, of ailing patient

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is reporting its first swine flu death.

The state Department of Health says an adult over 60 years old with an underlying medical condition died June 19 at Oahu’s Tripler Army Medical Center after contracting the H1N1 virus.

Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said Monday the swine flu was not the patient’s primary cause of death, but a secondary cause.

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The department isn’t releasing further details, including patient’s gender or medical ailments, because of federal laws and concerns for the patient’s privacy.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 127 swine-flu related deaths in the U.S. as of June 25. More than 27,000 people have contracted the disease across the nation.

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