DHH confirms three more H1N1 deaths

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three more people have died statewide from the H1N1 flu.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed Friday that three more people have died in the state from H1N1 in the last week: a girl and man the New Orleans area and a man in the Lafayette region.

There have been a total of 11 H1N1-related deaths statewide.

Personal details about the individuals are not released in order to protect the privacy of the residents and their families.

"These losses are tragic for the families involved, and certainly our hearts go out to them," said DHH Secretary Alan Levine.  "The losses we have seen in our state seem to be consistent with national trends. As individuals with pre-existing medical conditions are more likely to develop severe complications from H1N1, we strongly encourage those with pre-existing conditions to contact their medical provider for advice immediately."

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