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Swine Flu Death in Texas

Posted by feww on April 29, 2009

First Swine Flu Death in the US Was a Baby in Texas

FEWW suspects that the young Texas victim was Hispanic. No further details have been released.

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The following news item was released by Reuters moments ago:

Texas baby first flu death reported outside Mexico

By Jason Lange

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A baby in Texas became the first confirmed death outside Mexico on Wednesday from the new H1N1 flu strain.

A U.S. government official said a 23-month-old child in the southern state had died from the virus, which Germany said it had found in three cases — the eighth country to do so.

There were no further details about the death in the United States, most of whose 65 confirmed cases of swine flu have proved mild.

Nearly a week after the threat of a pandemic emerged in Mexico, that country remained the hardest hit, with up to 159 people killed.

France said it would seek on Thursday a European Union ban on all flights to Mexico because of the flu. The EU, like the United States and Canada, has already advised against nonessential travel to the popular tourist destination.

Cases have now been confirmed in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Britain, Spain and, on Wednesday, Germany.

Germany’s infectious diseases agency found swine flu in a man and a woman in their late 30s in Bavaria, and a 22-year-old woman in Hamburg at the other end of the country, all of whom had recently returned from Mexico.

The World Health Organisation said it may raise its pandemic alert level to phase five — the second highest — if it was confirmed that infected people in at least two countries were spreading the new disease to other people in a sustained way.

Before the U.S. death was reported, Keiji Fukuda, acting WHO assistant director for health security and environment, said it could be a “very mild pandemic,” adding, however, that influenza “moves in ways we cannot predict.”

Stock markets in Asia and Europe rose on Wednesday, partly on optimism the world could be spared a major deadly pandemic.

(Reporting by Jason Lange, Catherine Bremer Alistair Bell and Helen Popper in Mexico City, Andrew Quinn in Washington and Eric Burroughs in Hong Kong; Writing by Andrew Marshall, edited by Richard Meares). Copyright Reuters

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  3. feww said

    Earlier, FEWW suspected that the dead victim in Texas was Hispanic.
    See below for details:

    Swine flu casts shadow on Texas border town – By Tony Vindell
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – A small Mexican boy crossed into the United States with his family and died, forever changing the Texas border town of Brownsville.

    The toddler unknowingly brought with him H1N1 swine flu when he entered on April 4. He took ill four days later and died on Monday, the first person to succumb on U.S. soil.

    Brownsville is Texas’s most southern city, a place battered by hurricanes and poverty and home to 172,000 people, most of Hispanic origins but born in the United States.

    “I will be staying here for a while,” said Santiago Perez, 18, from Matamoros, Mexico, who crosses the porous border to attend Pace High School in Brownsville. “Better safe than sorry.”

    The nearly two-year-old boy was from Mexico City. He died in a Houston hospital, having crossed the border in Brownsville on a trip to visit relatives.

    An average of 7,255 people cross the bridge from Mexico each day, many of them drawn to jobs, shops and classes in the city by the banks of the Rio Grande River.

    Martin Perez, who crossed from Matamoros on Wednesday to shop at a duty-free shop on Elizabeth Street in downtown Brownsville, wore a surgical mask, and so did his two sons.

    CONCERN GROWS

    “I’m surprised not to see very many people on this side wearing them,” Perez said before heading back across to Mexico. The Mexican army is handing out masks to residents in Matamoros, Perez said.

    For Brownsville residents the worry is immediate.

    “We are very much concerned of course,” said Mayor Patricio Ahumada. “Right now we’re trying to find out how long the child was in Brownsville and if there’s any need for concern.”

    On Wednesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an emergency declaration for the state and raised the possibility of closing the U.S.-Mexico border to stem the spread of the flu, a nearly unprecedented move.

    “That obviously would be an option but again, I think playing the what-if game of escalation without good indicators … is a little premature,” Perry told reporters in the state capital Austin.

    Perry’s office later said that no moves were imminent, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee on Wednesday that a border closure “has not been merited by the facts.”

    “It would have very, very little marginal benefit in terms of containing the actual outbreak of virus within our own country,” she told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

    (Additional reporting by Tim Gaynor in Phoenix; Writing by Chris Baltimore, Editing by Howard Goller)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE53S9A720090429

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