SALT LAKE CITY – Health officials on Wednesday reported the first death associated with swine flu in Utah.
Dr. David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, said a 22-year old man died Wednesday morning at a Salt Lake City hospital. He said the man was overweight and had chronic medical conditions, including respiratory problems and other health issues, that would put him at risk.
"This is not a person who was overall generally healthy," Sundwall said.
Not including the Utah death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported eight swine flu deaths in the United States and a global total of 84, with more than 5,700 confirmed and probable cases in 47 states and Washington, D.C.
A 57-year-old Arizona woman apparently became the seventh person in the U.S. to die with swine flu, authorities said Tuesday.
Arizona Department of Health Services spokeswoman Laura Oxley said the woman, who was not identified, had underlying medical conditions but could not elaborate.
The woman, a resident of Pinal County, died last week.
She is the second Arizonan to die of complications from swine flu. The first was a woman in her late 40s living in Maricopa County who died earlier this month; she also was suffering from a lung condition.
Arizona had 406 confirmed cases of swine flu in 10 of the state's 15 counties as of Tuesday. The state's first case was identified on April 29.
Officials closed more than a dozen schools in the state before they learned swine flu wasn't as serious as first feared. All schools have reopened.
Health officials have repeatedly cautioned the public not to panic about swine flu, saying it's about as serious as regular seasonal flu.
Health officials urge members of the public to cover their coughs if they're sick and wash their hands throughout the day to avoid spreading viruses.
The World Health Organization said 40 countries have reported more than 9,830 cases, mostly in the U.S. and Mexico.