First Swine Flu Death Reported in Tennessee

Nashville, TN – State officials say Tennessee has had its first death from the swine flu. State medical epidemiologist Doctor Tim Jones reported yesterday the victim was an adult who died earlier this month, but he would not release other information such as the patient's age or hometown. The state has 246 cases of the strain, H1N1, commonly called swine flu. Jones says the strain continues to spread in Tennessee and likely will get worse this fall when school begins. Some 700 Tennesseans die annually from the flu strains that normally hit during the winter.