Texas 23-month-old becomes first U.S. swine flu fatality

2009-04-29 22:49:13 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Health News Top Stories News)

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Electron microscope image of the reassorted N1H1 virus. The viruses are 80–120 nanometres in diameter

Texas has seen its first fatality as a result of the swine flu pandemic, as a 23-month-old child first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico and passed away in Houston

Austin, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — Texas has seen its first fatality as a result of the swine flu pandemic, as a 23-month-old child first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico and passed away in Houston.

Kathy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Houston Health and Human Services Department, said Wednesday that the toddler had traveled with family from Mexico to Brownsville in South Texas.

The toddler then fell seriously ill and was transported to a Houston hospital before losing the battle to swine flue and died on Monday night.

“Even though we’ve been expecting this, it is very, very sad,” Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday. “As a pediatrician and a parent, my heart goes out to the family.”

President Barack Obama did his best on Wednesday morning to ease concerns by telling the American public that the government is doing everything in its power to put the virus under containment. Obama added that school districts across the nation should use discretion and consider closing if the virus worsens.



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