Oregon truck driver dies of swine flu

| 8/25/2009

A truck driver from Beaverton, Oregon, has died of the swine flu.

The Associated Press reported that Derrick Keel, 45, died Aug. 19 in Maryville, IL. He was trucking through the area when he became ill. Keel reportedly checked himself into a hospital, complaining of a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough that had gone on for several days.

An autopsy conducted by the Madison County coroner showed that Keel, who drove for Landstar, had pneumonia in both lungs and that the H1N1, or swine flu virus, was present.

According to the World Health Organization, since its appearance earlier this year more than 182,000 people have been diagnosed with swine flu. Of those, nearly 1,800 have died.

However, the organization cautions that those estimates may be low, because many countries have stopped counting individual cases.

Just under 8,000 cases have been reported in the U.S., with 522 of those resulting in deaths.