H1N1 - Swine Flu Spreads, First U.S. Death Reported

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A 23 month-old child from Brownsville, TX has become the first U.S. confirmed death from the Swine Flu outbreak that continues to spread across the country and around the world. The toddler fell ill two weeks ago and succumbed to the illness.

Richard Besser, of the Centers for Disease Control predicted that there would be more cases resulting in death as the disease progresses across the country, and President Obama has asked Congress for $1.5 billion in emergency funding to fight the disease.

The most recent statistics worldwide as reported by CDC are as follows:

Deaths: 159 in Mexico, seven confirmed as swine flu and rest suspected. One confirmed in U.S., a 23-month-old boy from Mexico who died in Texas.

Sickened: 2,498 suspected and 19 confirmed in Mexico. Confirmed elsewhere: 91 in U.S.; 13 in Canada; 14 in New Zealand; five in Britain; three in Germany; four in Spain; two in Israel; and one in Austria.

Confirmed U.S. Cases by State: 51 in New York, 14 in California, 16 in Texas, two in Kansas, two in Massachusetts, two in Michigan, and one each in Indiana, Ohio, Arizona and Nevada, according to CDC and states.

Precautions: U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency guidance allowing certain antiviral drugs to be used in broader range of population if needed. Public health emergency declared and roughly 12 million doses of Tamiflu from federal stockpile. Mexico City hands out surgical masks, closes public venues and cancels public events and takes measures to isolate infected people. Egypt begins slaughtering nation's roughly 300,000 pigs as precaution.

Travel Restrictions: Cuba bans flights from Mexico; Argentina suspends flights from Mexico; U.S., European Union, other countries discourage nonessential travel there. Arriving travelers questioned at Mexico's U.S. border and world airports. Cruise lines avoid Mexico ports.

Suspensions and Closures: Mexico suspends all schools until May 6. In U.S., some schools closed in Illinois, New York City, Texas, California, South Carolina, Connecticut, Minnesota and Ohio.

Health Alert: World Health Organization alert at Phase 4 of 6, meaning disease spreads easily but isn't pandemic.



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