First swine flu death on U.S. soil confirmed - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

First swine flu death on U.S. soil confirmed

Swine flu has claimed its first life on U.S. soil -- a 23-month-old child in Texas.

It's the first U.S. death in the current outbreak. The flu death was confirmed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Few details about this case are known at this time, but we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted.

Meantime, The CDC says it's too soon to say how fast the virus is spreading, but the virus continues to spread to other countries. Germany is the latest to report a case.

Here in the U.S., at least five people have been hospitalized with the virus and the number of confirmed cases has risen to 66. The largest concentration of cases is in New York City, where there are 45.

The flu has proven fatal in Mexico where as many as 159 people have died from it.

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