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Wilmington woman’s death believed to be caused by H1N1

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A 22-year old Wilmington woman has died after a 10-day illness, believed to be H1N1. The health department won’t confirm H1N1 as the cause of Allison Blackstone Sewell’s death, but her obituary states the young woman passed away as a result of complications from the virus.

New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties have each seen at least one death from H1N1.

Allison Kay Blackstone Sewell grew up in Wilmington. She was married and had a two-year old daughter.

Her funeral is Wednesday at Port City Community Church at 11 a.m.

Allison’s dad is a doctor at Cape fear Pediatrics. He did not want to speak on camera today. He and his colleagues plan to open their office on Saturday to give Allison’s friends and family the H1N1 vaccination.

Officials from the New Hanover County Health Department have vaccinated more than five thousand people since October. This doesn’t include all the people who have gotten vaccinated at private doctor’s offices.

The heath department has extended its hours this week, to offer the seasonal and H1N1 vaccine to as many people as possible. They are taking appointments this week until 7 p.m. This Saturday, they will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call 798-6646.

Right now, the health department is focusing on vaccinating the target population first.

For more information, you can visit the following web sites.

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/highrisk.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/groups.htm
http://www.nhcgov.com/agnanddpt/hlth/Pages/DeptInfo.aspx

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The health department won’t confirm H1N1 as the cause of Allison Blackstone Sewell’s death, but her obituary states the young woman passed away as a result of complications from the virus.

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