Woman with H1N1 flu dies at Salem hospital

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 1:07 PM

SALEM -- A patient diagnosed with the H1N1 flu strain died at Salem Hospital Tuesday morning, according to a Statesman Journal report.

Suzie Mahaffey, 53, of Salem, was first diagnosed with bronchitis when she went into an urgent care clinic on Dec. 29. Her condition worsened, and a friend took her to the emergency room the next day, according to the online report.

The hospital admitted Mahaffey into the intensive care unit but she continued to get worse and died Tuesday morning, according to the Statesman Journal.

So far, hundreds of people have been hospitalized with the flu in Oregon this season.  State officials said H1N1 is the most common strain of the flu this year.

More: Flu season here, strain especially severe

Providence Health & Services announced Wednesday it was restricting visitors to its eight Oregon hospitals, due to the widespread flu threat.

On Thursday, Legacy Health activated similar restrictions with no more than two visitors allowed per patient at one time.

More: Providence restricts visitors during flu outbreak

Clinics across the state have been packed as doctors urge patients to get vaccinated, if they haven't already.

“The vaccine is the best preventative thing we have today. I encourage everyone who hasn’t had the vaccine to get out and get the vaccine to try to protect this from occurring,” said Dr. Mo Daya at OHSU.

Across the country, the flu has been confirmed in every state and 25 states are reporting widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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