Swine Flu Update: First Death in the USA, WHO Raises to Level 5. Nearing Pandemic State

One person is dead and93 people are conformed infected in the US  with H1N1better known as Swine Flu on Wednesday. The death of an 18 month toddler in Houston, Texas on Tuesday is the First death in the US since the outbreak began nearly a week ago. The baby was on vacation with it’s parents in Brownsville in early April.

Then according to KTRK’s “13 Eyewitness News” investigative reporter Ted Oberg; the family visited Houston days later. The family returned to Brownsville.  The  child was taken to Valley Baptist Medical Center.  Terri Renata a spokesperson with Valley Baptist  says the hospital notice the child with pneumonia but “…It didn’t seem like too long ago,” said Terri Renata with Valley Baptist Medical Center. “But from the vantage point of the April 13 date compared to today, there’s a whole world of difference and swine flu wasn’t on the radar.

“Then the toddler was taken to back to Houston by Helicopter by life flight.  Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos  a friend of the victim’s family trying to find  going on.  Cascos told 13 Eyewitness News reporter Oberg that the family noticed the child getting sick. Judge Casos says there a three day gap where the child developed the illness either in Houston or on the way. When the child returned to Brownsville  he was hospitalized five days later,  with pneumonia. Casos got the information from the Victim’s Aunt who was with the family.

Meanwhile,  a public school district in an major American city is shutting is entire  an school district down. According to WBAP-AM 820 in Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex  area the Fort Worth Independent School District the 5th largest school district in Texas. Officials of the Ft. Worth ISD say  one student has been confirmed with H1N1 virus. School districts leaders decided the best way to combat this is to close all 144 schools until May 11th.  Since then a Cleburne Independent School District, a suburban school district also in Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex area has closed down as well with four high school students may have contracted the H1N1 virus.  The city of Cleburne has asked all of the town’s day care centers to close due to Swine flu.

In Chicago, ABC 7 News WLS-TV reports nine cases of the swine flu has hit the Chicagoland area. Five inside the city of Chicago and four others in the neighboring collar counties of Kane County, Il(2 cases), Lake County, and DuPage Counties have one confirmed case each.

In Chicago two workers at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park on the city South Side both are administrators who contracted the virus. Both employees are at home recovering. Their offices have been cleaned.  Two people in the Rogers Park section on Chicago’s very far Northside have been confirmed to be infected with H1N1 virus. A12 year old girl a student of Kilmer Elementary School and An adult 2o year old Michael Hairsine a student of Loyola University Chicago was diagnosed with illness. Hairsine a sophomore at Loyola told Chicago Tribune thought he had allergies. His Dorm room has been cleaned. Three other victims a 25 year old man from Lakeview neighbood on the Northside has been confirmed,  as well a woman from Woodlawn on the south side  and another woman from Hedgwich on Chicago’s very far south side near the Indiana state line was also confirmed.

Three schools in the Chicago area are closed says the Chicago Tribune. Kilmer Elementary in Rogers Park was closed by Chicago Public School Distict 299,  Marmion Academy in Aurora and Rotolo Middle School in Batavia was closed by  Kane County Health Department.

Back in Texas a private school in Bellaire in suburban Houston and two schools in the city of Houston is closed due to cases of swine flu. A14 year girl a student of Episcopal High School contracts Swine Flu. The girl who lives in Ft. Bend county  attending the school was diagnose with H1N1 virus.  She was not hospitalized and has since recovered.  Meanwhile,  two students in Houston Indenpendent School District have been diagnosed with the virus. A nine year old from Harvard School and a 14 year old girl from Hamilton Middle School. HISD took the action to closed these schools because of this. The schools will be closed until further notice from the health department, according to district spokesman Norm Uhl, who said the district will hold a news conference this morning on the situation.

Out west in Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has offered to his all 750 employees of protected gear because of interaction with inmates and the community at large.

The sheriff’s office will make masks, gloves and other measures available to 750 deputies working the streets and will add extra deputies trained to identify suspected illegal immigrants based on the theory that some of those inmates might have come from areas in Mexico where the infection was rampant, said Lt. Brian Lee, a sheriff’s spokesman.

And in California at  United State Marine Corp Base in Twenty-Nine Palms near Palm Springs a marine has contracted the H1N1 virus.He and his roommate  have been quarantined according KNSD “NBC 7-39 News”. The Pentagon spokesperson Major David Neevers, said 30 people who were in contacted with the marine have been quarantined for the next five days to see if they developed the swine flu if they don’t they will be

A San Jose high school has closed after a 16 year female student has been diagnosed with H1N1 virus. Branham High  was closed Wedenday for a week for cleaning and sample from the girl and 23 others are being tested.

Meanwhile a student from San Diego State University in College Grove has been confirmed for Swine Flu that one of their students has a suspected case of swine flu, and was receiving treatment after experiencing fever, respiratory illness and testing positive for type A influenza. The student’s condition is not considered life-threatening.

State health officials said that as of Tuesday night there were 11 confirmed swine flu cases in California. Individual counties have reported other cases that have yet to be confirmed by the state.

For the latest:

Drudge Report

Houston Chronicle



Chicago Tribune

Arizona Republic


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