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Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First Swine Flu Death in US

Reuters reports on the first swine flu death in the United States and states,

A 23-month-old child has died in Texas from the new H1N1 swine flu, becoming the first death in the United States from the virus, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said on Wednesday.  A Houston health official said the child was a Mexican who traveled to the city for medical treatment. . . .     She said she did not know which part of Mexico the child came from. . . .

Besser of the CDC had predicted that as they searched for cases, CDC experts would find severe infections and deaths in the United States, even though most of the patients had mild illness.  "As we look, we're going to find more cases. We're going to find more severe cases and I expect that we'll continue to see additional deaths," Besser told NBC's "Today" show.   He said additional details would be released by Texas authorities. . . .

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