Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The first US death from swine flu has been confirmed amid increasing global anxiety over a health menace that authorities around the world are struggling to contain.
Until now, deaths have been confined to Mexico, where more than 150 have died and well over 2,000 are ill.
The flu death of a 23-month-old child in Texas has been confirmed by Dr Richard Besser, acting director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Germany, which has confirmed three cases, is the latest country affected.
The world has no vaccine to prevent infection but US health officials aim to have a key ingredient for one ready in early May, the big step that vaccine manufacturers are awaiting.
But even if the World Health Organisation ordered up emergency vaccine supplies, it would take at least two more months to produce the initial shots needed for human safety testing.
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 4:13 am