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Swine Flu Update: First Death in Texas


As the swine flu epidemic continues to spread, the United States now reports its first causality, a 23 month old child in Texas. The toddler is reported to have recently been in Mexico and is thought to have been exposed to the swine flu while there. This child's case in Texas is the first confirmed swine flu death outside of Mexico.

The number of states reporting confirmed cases of swine flu remains steady at five (California, Kansas, New York, Ohio, and Texas). Britain, Germany, Israel, Austria, and New Zealand have been added to the countries with confirmed cases. Texas swine flu death has pitched up the anxiety in USA because of the worries that the virus is spreading.

Even with the increased number of countries with confirmed cases of swine flu, WHO does not recommend restricting international travel. It is recommended that people who are ill delay travel. It is recommended that anyone who develops swine flu symptoms after travel to known swine flu outbreak regions to seek medical attention.

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If you do need to travel, whenever possible avoid crowded enclosed spaces and close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. Be extremely good at your hand-washing after direct contact with ill persons or their environment. Ill persons are encouraged to practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands). >> Learn more about flu and cold here.

Signs and symptoms of swine flu
According to CDC the symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

As a parent my heart goes out to the family of the first swine flu death in Texas who lost an innocent child to the disease.

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