AUGUSTA — A York County man has died from complications of the H1N1 flu virus, the governor’s office announced Tuesday night.

The man, in his 50s, died last week. It was the first death in Maine linked to the so-called swine flu, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.

“It is with great sadness that we have learned today of a York County resident who died recently of underlying conditions complicated by H1N1 after a nearly three-week hospitalization,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, director of the Maine CDC.

“While most people with H1N1 in Maine and the nation have had a relatively mild infection, this news demonstrates how serious influenza can be, especially in those with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women and very young children,” Mills said in a statement.

The man’s name and the date of his death are not being released to protect the privacy of the family, she said.

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