Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First US fatality from H1N1/swine flu

From CNN:

"A two-year-old child in Texas has become the first fatality from swine flu in the United States, officials said Wednesday.

"A child has died from the H1N1 virus," the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control Dr. Richard Besser told CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday. "As a parent and a pediatrician, my heart goes out to the family."

The child is the first person to die of swine flu outside of Mexico where the virus has caused more than 159 deaths and roughly 2,500 illnesses.

So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) says at least 112 cases have been confirmed worldwide -- 64 in the United States; 26 in Mexico (including seven deaths); six in Canada; three in New Zealand; and two each in Spain, the United Kingdom and Israel.

The WHO list does not include 11 additional cases reported by New Zealand health officials, five by British officials, three in Germany or one confirmed by Costa Rica's health ministry."

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