STATE – On Monday, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced the first H1N1-related death of New Jersey resident. The patient was a 49-year-old Essex County man who had multiple underlying medical conditions, officials said.
The patient, who was not identified, died in Mountainside Hospital in Montclair on Saturday. He became ill with fever and respiratory symptoms on May 30, was hospitalized on June 2 with pneumonia and his illness worsened, according to officials.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with this man’s family,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “Today’s announcement underscores the seriousness of influenza – any type of influenza, not just H1N1. I urge all New Jersey residents to remain vigilant and take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their families.”