Fresno Pacific Student Dies from H1N1 Complications

October 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Flu Victim Miyoshi Smith was studying criminology at Fresno Pacific University. The picture, from her MySpace page shows her with her ten year old son. School officials say Miyoshi had been hospitalized for about ten days with H1N1 flu and pneumonia. She passed away on Sunday morning. She was 29 years old. So far 233 people have died from H1N1 complications in California.Fresno Physician Dr. William Ebbeling believes things are going to get worse. "This is going to continue to grow until we can get the patients vaccinated."

Vaccines have been slow to get to the public. Some Fresno hospitals in clinics have just received nasal sprays and injections, but the supply is limited. Despite Smith's death getting H1N1 does not appear to be a big concern of those we spoke to on the Fresno Pacific campus.

Asked if he was worried about getting the flu, student Paul Lochow said, "No, not really. I mean generally, I'm usually healthy, so I don't worry about it."

Student Adriana Bors was also not worried. "Not really. I thought this flu became regular because it is not that bad anymore. I'm pretty shocked the girl passed away. I don't know."

Miyoshi Smith had not been on campus for more than a month. The University says she had most recently been taking an online class. But it's clear the virus is out there. Dr. Ebbeling says he and other physicians throughout the Valley are eager to get the vaccine to those who need it.

Dr. Ebbeling, "It doesn't look as dangerous as the 1918 flu, but at the same time we lose forty thousand people plus a year to the seasonal flu, and even if this one is like that seasonal flu that a lot of people, and the problem this year is we don't have the vaccine to pre-treat them so we have more people at risk."

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