Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - A baby in Texas has died of the H1N1 flu strain, the first confirmed death outside Mexico from a virus which health officials fear could cause a pandemic as it spread to two more countries in Europe.

Nearly a week after the threat emerged in Mexico, where up to 159 people have died, a U.S. official said on Wednesday a 23-month-old had died in the state bordering Mexico. A health official said the baby was Mexican and was in the United States for medical treatment.

Richard Besser, acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he expected more bad news even though most of the 65 U.S. cases of the flu were mild.

"We're going to find more cases. We're going to find more severe cases and I expect that we'll continue to see additional deaths," he said. [nN29385038]

President Obama said the death showed it was time to take "utmost precautions" against the possible spread of the virus.

So the first US death is probably an illegal child coming to the US for treatment. THAT'S GREAT!

Will someone ask our fearless leader what 'utmost precautions' means?? How about border security!

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