NC man dies after contracting H1N1 Virus

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) - Health officials say a 55-year-old North Carolina man diagnosed with swine flu has died.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville reported Saturday the man was admitted to a Transylvania County hospital on Monday with pneumonia and flu-like symptoms.

County health department director Steve Smith said Friday that tests confirmed the man had H1N1 swine flu. But he said further tests are needed to determine if the flu caused his death.

The man's name was not released. Officials said he was the first confirmed death associated with swine flu in the western North Carolina county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes swine flu has likely infected more than 1 million Americans, with many of those suffering mild cases never reported. There have been 302 deaths since April.

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