Death investigated for swine flu

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority confirmed this afternoon that it was looking into a male’s death for possible connection to the H1N1 virus, also referred to as the swine flu.

The individual who died had not previously been tested for H1N1, according to information obtained by the Caymanian Compass.

HSA officials said tests were being conducted to determine what led to the male’s death, and that they expected to have that information at a press conference later this afternoon.

‘For the past six hours we have been diligently looking into this particular patient,’ HSA Medical Director Dr. Greg Hoeksema said.

The H1N1 virus has been spreading slowly but steadily through Cayman, with some 43 people testing positive for it at last count.

Thus far, health officials said no one has died from the virus.

Check back with www.caycompass.com for more details on this story later this afternoon.

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