FLAGSTAFF — A southern Coconino County teenager who tested positive for swine flu has died, bringing the death toll statewide to nine.
The Coconino County Health Department said on Friday that the boy had been hospitalized in Flagstaff and died earlier this week. He was not identified.
Health officials have confirmed 10 cases of swine flu in Coconino County, and the boy's death is the first. Coconino County Health Department spokeswoman Trish Lees says the boy had underlying health conditions but would not elaborate.
As of Wednesday, the state Department of Health Services had confirmed 729 cases of the swine flu statewide.
The virus already has caused at least 27,000 confirmed illnesses and 127 deaths in this country.