Health officials say swine flu is on its last legs in Illinois, but the virus is still circulating and is still deadly.
Three new deaths reported last week pushed the state’s swine flu death toll above 100 for the first time. Most who died from the virus were between the ages of 25 and 64, and most had other health problems.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says 44 of the deaths were in Cook County. Nineteen deaths were in counties surrounding Chicago, 15 were in northwest Illinois, 12 were in central Illinois and 11 were in the southern part of the state. One death was recorded with no information about region.
Fifty-two of the fatalities were whites, 21 were Latinos, 19 were blacks and one was Asian. The others were unknown or there was no information.
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