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Pasco health officials confirm swine flu deaths

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The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County confirms there have been two deaths from the swine flu virus since Nov. 4, 2013. The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County confirms there have been two deaths from the swine flu virus since Nov. 4, 2013.
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Pasco health officials have confirmed that two people have died from swine flu, or H1N1 virus, since Nov. 4.

They won't give any details about the victims, but earlier published reports identify the first case as 27-year-old Holly Harrelson.

The day before she died Harrelson posted on her Facebook page, "Three days with a fever and pure misery from a respiratory infection, haven't been able to keep my temp below 102 and I feel like I'm riding shotgun with death."

Now Pasco County health officials confirm a second person, a man, has died of swine flu.

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Health officials can't comment on these specific cases, but Pasco nurse practitioner Dori Budetti said, "It's important to seek medical help if your flu symptoms worsen. Most people can tell when they're reaching a point that it's time to go to the doctor or emergency room, like if they're having trouble breathing."

The two deaths come during a flu season that's been considered mild in Florida.

In the Bay Area, only Pasco is considered to have a moderate flu season, although Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties are reporting increasing flu activity.

Health officials stress it's not too late to get a flu shot, this year's vaccine contains the H1N1 strain.

"Any flu can be dangerous depending on your medical conditions, your age, and how well your immune system functions," said Budetti.

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