Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 18, 2009

Cook County announces 2 more swine flu deaths


CHICAGO (AP) — Two young adults have died in suburban Cook County from swine flu, bringing the state’s total fatalities from the illness to 10.

Cook County health officials say a 29-year-old women from Western Springs and a 29-year-old man from Mount Prospect died from the virus. Both victims had other health problems.

Stephen Martin Jr., chief operating officer of the Cook County health department, is urging people to wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough and stay home when they’re sick.

Illinois has had nearly 2,000 confirmed swine flu cases in 22 counties.

Federal health officials say swine flu will continue through July and August and into the fall and winter.