2nd U.S. Death Swine Flu A H1N1

The U.S. recorded it's second U.S. swine-flu death and the first of an American -- a Texas woman living near the Mexico border -- soon after the CDC said schools shouldn't close when students come down with H1N1 swine flu -- and schools closed because of swine flu may reopen.

The CDC has repeatedly predicted that the U.S. would see more H1N1 swine flu deaths and hospitalization. Yet the CDC's official guidance for schools reflects a cautious easing of concern over the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

Why the lower level of concern?

• Initial alarm over swine flu deaths among healthy young people in Mexico has waned as investigation has turned up large numbers of relatively mild flu cases in Mexico.

• The H1N1 swine flu has been relatively mild in the U.S. -- about as severe as seasonal flu.

• Virus experts find that the current H1N1 swine flu lacks the virulence factors linked to severe illness in previous flu pandemics.

The Texas woman, from Cameron County in the extreme southern tip of the state, was in her 30s, Doug McBride, press officer for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She had underlying health conditions that put her at high risk of flu complications.

ABC News reports that the woman lived in Harlingen, Texas, near the Mexico border. ABC reported the severely overweight woman, a schoolteacher, had recently given birth and had recently had pneumonia.


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