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H1N1 suspected in death of infant at Children’s

| Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:00 a.m

An infant who died during the weekend at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh most likely died of the H1N1 influenza, the head of the Allegheny County Health Department said Monday.

Dr. Bruce W. Dixon said the infant — between 2 and 4 months old — was a twin who most likely contracted the illness from the parents sometime around birth. The surviving twin is doing well, he said.

Dixon said it will take several weeks for tests to confirm that the death was caused by H1N1 — also known as swine flu — but that “it probably was. Looking at the symptoms, that’s most likely what it was.”

He did not identify the sex of the child and said the family is not from Allegheny County.

Dixon said there have been four confirmed H1N1 deaths in the county and that two other people most likely died from the disease.

State Health Department records updated yesterday show three confirmed deaths in Allegheny County.

Dixon said he could not explain the discrepancy.

State officials did confirm a second H1N1 death in Fayette County. No information was released about that person. A 31-year-old Connellsville woman who died Nov. 2 was the first.

Health Department statistics show there have been 9,668 confirmed and 105 probable H1N1 cases in the state. The statistics show 32 deaths, including one each in Butler and Beaver counties.

The county Health Department will offer H1N1 vaccine to priority groups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at four locations.

The priority groups are: those between the ages of 6 months and 24; people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months; health care providers and emergency medical service personnel; pregnant women; and people 25 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

The clinics are scheduled at: Chartiers Valley High School, 50 Thoms Run Road, Collier; McKeesport High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd.; North Allegheny High School, 10375 Perry Highway, McCandless; and the former Reizenstein Middle School, now Schenley High School, 129 Denniston Ave., East Liberty.

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