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Published October 26, 2009, 04:26 PM

North Dakota Reports First Swine Flu Death

Victim had underlying health problems.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials say North Dakota's first swine flu-related death was a man older than 60 with other health problems.

The death was reported Monday. North Dakota's state health officer, Dr. Terry Dwelle (DWELL'-ee), said the victim was from northwestern North Dakota. Dwelle said he had not been vaccinated against the illness.

President Barack Obama has declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency. Officials say more than 1,000 people in the United States have died from it.

North Dakota health officials say the state has more than 1,200 confirmed flu cases and they estimate about 1,100 are cases of swine flu.

State disease specialist Kirby Kruger says it will be several weeks before North Dakota gets enough swine flu vaccine to make it generally available.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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