Queens, NY – The City Health Department is reporting that a Queens woman in her 50s is NYC’s 2nd confirmed death linked to swine flu.
The first death in the City linked to swine flu was Queens assistant principal Mitchell Wiener, who died last week.
Health officials said Saturday that New York had 33 new cases of swine flu, bringing the total confirmed to 366.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines said the total outside New York City rose to 126 in 18 counties around the state, with 14 cases in Erie County, three cases in Rockland County, and one each in Westchester, Niagara, Onondaga counties.
New York City had 13 new cases, bringing the total here to 240.
Most cases of H1N1 virus infection have been mild, with symptoms resembling seasonal flu — fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and chills. One death in the state was linked to the virus.
Health officials expect laboratory-confirmed cases to be a fraction of the infections in the state because many people don’t seek care and recover at home.
Seasonal flu causes about 1,000 New York City deaths a year.