May 6, 2009

DEFINING "HARD" DOWNWARDS:

Texan Is Second to Die of the New Flu Strain in U.S. (BETSY MCKAY and STEPHANIE SIMON, 5/06/09, WSJ)

A woman living near the Mexican border in south Texas became the second person in the U.S. to die of a new strain of flu, as the virus causing it continued to spread around the globe. [...]

The woman, who was a U.S. citizen in her early 30s, had "chronic underlying health conditions," according to Texas authorities. She had been hospitalized for about three weeks, after falling ill around April 14. None of her immediate family is ill, they said. They declined to elaborate further.

Texas has been hit hard by the H1N1 virus. The state has had 61 confirmed cases overall, including the only two fatalities in the U.S. Last month, a Mexican toddler who had crossed into Texas with his family to visit relatives succumbed to H1N1 in a Houston hospital. He, too, was described by state officials as being weakened by unrelated health conditions.


Yeah, it's like Europe during the Black Death....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 6, 2009 6:36 AM
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