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Portage -- A sixth Wisconsin resident has died of the swine flu.
Portage County Health Officer Faye Tetzloff says a county resident with an underlying condition has died at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. The department is releasing few details, including gender, age or exact place of residence in accordance with state guidelines.
Two adults and two adolescents in Milwaukee have died from the virus and a 12-year-old Wausau girl.
Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Wisconsin has had more than 6,000 cases - the most in the nation.
State officials have attributed the high number to an early aggressive testing policy and the state having four laboratories to do the work.
SAN RAFAEL -- Marin health officials Monday announced that a 55-year-old San Rafael man has become the county's second fatality due to a H1N1 flu infection.
Dr. Anju Goel, Marin County Deputy Public Health Officer, said the man died July 8 at a Marin hospital. Health officials received confirmation of the H1N1 results from the state lab on July 17..
So far this year there have been at least 55 deaths related to H1N1 infection in California, and at least 263 deaths in the United States
Toronto, Ontario (AHN) - The head of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital's Infection Control Department warned on Sunday of more Influenza A (H1N1) virus deaths if the strike gripping the city on its fifth week would last longer.
Microbiologist Dr. Allison McGeer admonished 1,800 union workers from Toronto Public Health Unit not to join picket lines, but to monitor instead the reach and extent of the swine flu virus, follow up patients confirmed by laboratory tests as having H1N1 and to prepare plans to set up vaccine clinics and flu assessment centers.
She also suggested that health workers organize ways to assist homeless Toronto residents who lack access to health care and to help in the dissemination of H1N1 information to the public and fellow medical workers.
However, Toronto medical officer of health Dr. David McKeown said the strike does not affect the city's provision of health services particularly on the management of the H1N1 pandemic through its 200 non-union staff, although he acknowledged they could not fill in the void left by striking health workers.
Aside from more swine flu deaths, McGeer forecast a higher number of H1N1 infections and hospital confinements.
While Toronto representatives continue to haggle with negotiators from the two locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, city mayor David Miller threatened over the weekend to use legal action to permit residents to cross picket lines and dispose their garbage on city-established temporary dumping grounds. He issued the warning after observing failure of striking city employees to follow the law by blocking CUPE members who wanted to return to work.