29 April 2009
A 23-month-old child in Texas has died of swine flu-related illness, the first fatality in the United States. The death was confirmed by Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Dr. Besser's announcement was shown over CNN.
It will be recalled that Dr. Besser himself warned just earlier today to expect Americans deaths because of this swine flu outbreak. That warning has now become grim reality.
"My thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to the family," said President Obama in expressing his sympathies in a live broadcast being shown just now (8:15pm, Manila time). Obama is welcoming Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to the Democratic party.