First U.S. Swine Flu Death Confirmed in Texas

This is so sad. There aren’t many details yet, but be sure to offer a prayer from the family of this flu victim.

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. death from swine flu has been confirmed — a 23-month-old child in Texas — amid increasing global anxiety over a health menace that authorities around the world are struggling to contain.

The flu death was confirmed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a cable news interview, he gave no other details about the child.

“As a pediatrician and a parent, my heart goes out to the family,” he said about the tragic death.

But Besser said in a nationally broadcast network interview that it’s too soon to say if the death in Texas suggests the virus is spreading to more states. Nor would he say whether officials think it will become a nationwide problem.

Besser said on NBC’s “Today” show that he didn’t believe “this indicates any change in the strain of the flu.”

Besser also said that “we see with any flu virus a spectrum of disease symptoms” and said authorities need to learn more about the threat.

Meanwhile, probable swine flu is being reported in Illinois.

State public health officials said Wednesday that more than one case is being sent to federal authorities for confirmation.

“Probable” means the Illinois Department of Public Health has conducted tests on patient specimens showing swine flu is probable.

An IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make the final determination on whether Illinois’ cases matches the swine flu outbreak in Mexico. She says one case is located at a North Side Chicago school.

A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman confirms that the school is being closed.

The CDC said Tuesday that there were 64 confirmed cases in five states. That doesn’t include Illinois.

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2 Responses to “First U.S. Swine Flu Death Confirmed in Texas”

  1. long island girl says:

    this is really a bad news to everyone. We extend our condolences to the family of the child. Swine flu should be taken seriously and everyone most especially the government and health experts must take full action about it before it makes everything worst.

  2. Erin says:

    Prayers go to the family of the deceased, but as far as the flu- we can prevent it. All it takes is some reading up on the various causes and getting information on how to prevent it from spreading. We would be wise to read health resource sites available to us, there are many available to us. It could help a lot during this time.

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