The first confirmed death in the US.
A child in Texas has become the first fatality from swine flu in the United States, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
“I can confirm the very sad news out of Texas that a child has died of the H1N1 virus,” the CDC’s Dr. Richard Besser said.
“As a parent and a pediatrician, my heart goes out to the family.”
He said the child was about 2 years old.
However, to put this all in perspective…
Common seasonal flu kills 250,000 to 500,000 people every year worldwide, far more than the current outbreak of swine flu.
So it doesn’t make the child’s death any less tragic, but some proper context is appropriate since the normal flu is always deadly.
More as it develops…
The title of the post has changed to reflect the fact that the child was from Mexico and travelled to the US for treatment.
Sorry for any confusion.