Angelina H1N1 victim had underlying conditions

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Details of Angelina County's first death due to H1N1 are not being released, but a health official said they did have underlying health conditions.

Sharon Shaw, Angelina Cities and County Health District spokesperson, said she could not say the name, gender, age or age group of the victim, but that the state reported the death on Oct. 17, just days before President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 outbreak a national emergency. One Lufkin hospital said they already have a plan in place and the declaration won't have too much effect on them.

"We have a pandemic plan that we have in place and if we should have a larger number of admissions into the hospital we would put another step of that pandemic plan in place, but so far that hasn't happened," said Woodland Heights Medical Center Infection Control Nurse Doris Weatherford.

Weatherford said the hospital has already given the seasonal flu vaccine to their employees, visitors, and physicians and will continue to do the same when their H1N1 vaccine arrives.  They expect to see the vaccine within ten business days.

According to the state's Web site, four people in Angelina County have been hospitalized with confirmed H1N1.

Following are other East Texas counties and the number hospitalized with H1N1:

Jasper County: 4

Polk: 1

Rusk: 2 (1 death)

Shelby: 1

Trinity: 1