Springfield man dies from flu complications

H1N1 flu death reported in Clark County.  (WDTN Photo)
H1N1 flu death reported in Clark County. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springfield man died from flu complications this past weekend.

The Clark County Combined Health District told 2 NEWS Douglas Stevenson, 59 died from H1N1 flu complications at Cleveland Clinic.

“The Clark County Combined Health District expresses our deepest sympathy to the Stevenson family for their loss of a loved one who succumbed to complications from an influenza-related illness,” says Health Commissioner Charles Patterson.  “This is a tragedy for the family and we request that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

As of Jan. 29, 2014 Clark County has reported 30 influenza associated hospitalizations. Twenty of those hospitalized are between the ages of 18-64.  January 2014 numbers represent a significant increase over the same time period in 2011 to 2013. By Jan. 31, of the three previous years, hospital cases totaled 17.

The health district reminds everyone to take the necessary precautions to prevent contracting the flu virus.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

For additional information go to the CCCHD website at www.ccchd.com.

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