Maine sees 3rd swine flu death, vaccine increasing

Posted Nov. 12, 2009, at 2:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state of Maine has seen its third swine flu death.

State Public Health Director Dr. Dora Anne Mills says the latest death was of an adult in Penobscot County who had a serious underlying medical condition.

It was the second death this fall and third statewide since swine flu first surfaced in the state last spring.

Officials say 65 schools across the state have reported absentee rates above 15 percent due to swine flu.

This week the virus has caused schools to be shut down in Jonesboro and Winthrop.

But more swine flu vaccine is arriving.

As of Tuesday, Maine had received 180,400 doses, up by 42,000 last week.

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