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April 29, 2009

New and worrisome details about the toddler who died from Swine Flu are coming in from Houston.  The Texas Department of Health says the boy was from Mexico City.  He arrived in Brownsville on April 4 and developed a fever four days later on April 8.  His family took him to a hospital on April 13, and he was transferred to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on April 14.  The little boy died Monday night.  State officials say he had acute respiratory illness with underlying health issues.  They believe he was not infectious when the family flew from Mexico City to Brownsville to visit relatives.  Houston's health director says no one in his family is showing any signs of illness.  According to The Houston Chronicle, the CDC confirmed the child had Swine Flu just before dawn Wednesday morning. 
The agency has put out new guidelines for treating children and pregnant women.  Young children are less likely to have typical influenza symptoms like fever and cough, and infants may only have a fever and lethargy, and may not have a cough or other respiratory symptoms or signs.
Dr. Richard Besser, Acting Director of the CDC first revealed the toddler's death on CNN early this morning. Watch the interview in the video above.

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