Lockport, NY (WKBW) -- Officials from the Niagara County Department of Health say that testing has confirmed that the recent death of a Niagara County resident has been linked to a suspected case of H1N1 flu.
The death involved a middle-aged adult with an underlying medical condition, however no further details regarding the individual are being released.
This is the first death in Niagara County that has been linked to H1N1 since the initial H1N1 outbreak began in April.
"Every death is a tragedy, and our sincere condolonces are extended to the family at this difficult time," said Daniel J. Stapleton, Public Health Director.
Mr. Stapleton emphasized that the death does not mean the H1N1 virus has changed to cause more severe illness. Those at higher risk of serious illness and complications from the H1N1 virus are:
-Pregnant women -Caretakers of infants less than 6 months of age -People under the age of 25 -Health care workers -People with other underlying health conditions.
For more information on the H1N1 virus and its impact in Niagra County, you can follow these links.
Niagara County Health Department
NYS Department of Health