FARMINGTON — A Davis County woman has become the 17th victim of the H1N1 swine flu in Utah, and the third in Davis County. She died on July 24.
Charla Haley, a Utah Health Department spokesperson, said the woman, who was between 18-39 years old, was not diagnosed with the flu while alive. “They weren’t sure what she had,” Haley said, but toxicology reports were conducted after her death, and the results were only made available last Wednesday afternoon.
Haley could not say if the woman had any underlying health concerns, “but the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is saying most of those who die do have underlying health issues,” which may include being overweight, diabetes and asthma.
Because of privacy concerns health officials do not release much information on victims of the virus. Haley said most people who die from the swine flu, don’t die from the flu itself, but from complications arising from the disease, like pneumonia.
She said the swine flu outbreak has been milder that health officials initially expected.
to help crash victim
Two fundraisers are set this month to help Kris Sanford, the young man injured in a car wreck in April, which left him a quadriplegic.
The first will be a yard sale at his mother’s home. 3133 W. 1925 North, Clinton Saturday Aug. 15, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The second, will be a car wash at Express Wash, 950 W. Hillfield Road, Layton, on Aug 22 from 8 a.m. until closing.
Kris was helping a friend move on April 25, and was a passenger in a pickup pulling a trailer about 1 a.m. There was a heavy rain and as they were entering I-80 to get on northbound I-215, the truck hit a patch of water. causing the trailer to hydroplane and the pick-up to roll several times, his father Dave Sanford said.
Kris’ spinal cord was not severed, but the family needs funds to pay for extensive therapy.