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Janitor dies after contracting H1N1 virus

September 1, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A janitor at Albuquerque International Sunport, the largest commercial airport in the state of New Mexico, died after contracting the H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus, according to KOB-TV.
Katie Francia, who suffered from emphysema, was in and out of a coma for the past few weeks before passing around 5 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2009, the story stated.
It remains unclear where Francia contracted the virus, and although no other employees at the Sunport have shown flu-like symptoms, it remains possible that she fell ill while performing her janitorial tasks, the story noted.
Dan Jiron, a spokesman for the Sunport, said: "No one can be certain where she may have contracted this. We feel confident it was not here at the Sunport."
According to the story, since the outbreak first struck in April, the Sunport has posted signs asking people to cover their cough and have installed hand sanitizer stations around the airport.
Sunport officials are asking passengers with flu-like symptoms to avoid flying and are urging employees to stay home if there is a possibility they might be sick, the story added.
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