May 19, 2009 / 7:43 PM / 9 years ago

Missouri reports man's death from swine flu

ST. LOUIS, May 19 (Reuters) - A 44-year-old man diagnosed with the new H1N1 flu died in a hospital on Tuesday, the seventh person to die in the United States from the new virus, St Louis County health officials said.

An investigation will be conducted to confirm if so-called swine flu was the cause of the unnamed man’s death, according to the St. Louis County Health Department. He had become ill two weeks ago after traveling in Mexico last month, a county spokesman said.

The World Health Organization reports 79 deaths globally and nearly 10,000 confirmed cases.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Maggie Fox and Sandra Maler)

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