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Texas swine flu fatality had symptoms 3 weeks ago24 minutes agoHOUSTON (AP) — Texas' health officials say a Mexican toddler who is the first confirmed U.S.

death from swine flu arrived in Texas from Mexico on April 4 and developed flu symptoms four days later.The Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday the Mexico City boy had underlying health problems when he traveled to Brownsville Texas to visit relatives.

He was admitted to a Houston hospital a few days after developing a fever and other flu symptoms and died on Monday night.The boy was about 2 years old.

Houston officials said he was 23 months old, but state officials said he was 22 months old and could not immediately explain the discrepancy.The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the death earlier Wednesday.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.

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AP's earlier story is below.HOUSTON (AP) — Health officials said Wednesday that a nearly 2-year-old Mexican boy is the first confirmed U.S.

death from swine flu.The child had traveled with family from Mexico City to Matamoros, Mexico and then to neighboring Brownsville, Texas, said Houston Health and Human Services Spokeswoman Kathy Barton.

The boy became ill and was taken to a Houston hospital.

He died Monday night, she said.Health officials did not immediately release more information about the case, but the boy is not believed to be among the six confirmed cases of swine flu in Texas.Dr.

Richard Besser, the acting head of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, called the confirmation tragic.

He said it's too soon to tell how fast the swine flu virus is spreading.Besser told NBC's "Today" show that health authorities had anticipated that the virus would cause deaths, and said that "as a pediatrician and a parent, my heart goes out to the family."He said it's too soon to speculate as to whether the virus would become a nationwide problem, and that he doesn't believe the flu strain has become more dangerous.Besser went on to note that even with seasonal flu, there are always some people who can't resist it very well, and said authorities need to learn more about the threat.Children, especially those younger than age 5, are particularly vulnerable to flu and its complications, and every year children die from seasonal flu.According to the CDC, more than 20,000 children younger than age 5 are hospitalized every year because of seasonal flu.

In the 2007-08 flu season, the CDC received reports that 86 children nationwide died from flu complications.As of April 11, CDC had received reports of 53 seasonal flu-related deaths in children during the current seasonal flu season.Swine flu is suspected of killing more than 150 people in Mexico and sickening over 2,400 there.

WHO has confirmed at least 105 cases in seven countries.

Over half of those — 66 — are in the United States and U.S.

health officials reported Wednesday that 23-month-old child in Texas has died from the disease.Associated Press Writer Terry Wallace in Dallas and AP Medical Writers Lindsay Tanner in Chicago and Mike Stobbe in Atlanta contributed to this story.Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press.

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