Meagan Fitzpatrick
CanWest News Service
April 29, 2009

American officials confirmed Wednesday the first swine flu death in the U.S., as Canada stepped up its screening measures at airports to check passengers returning from Mexico for symptoms of the virus has now infected 13 Canadians in four different provinces.

[efoods]A 23-month-old child in Texas has died from the new H1N1 swine flu, becoming the first death from swine flu reported outside Mexico, the country hardest hit by the influenza outbreak. A health official said the baby was Mexican and was in the United States for medical treatment.

Richard Besser, acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he expected more bad news even though most of the 65 U.S. cases of swine flu were mild.

“We’re going to find more cases. We’re going to find more severe cases and I expect that we’ll continue to see additional deaths,” he said.

President Barack Obama said the death showed it was time to take “utmost precautions” against the possible spread of the virus.

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