Houston Swine Flu Death Has A Brownsville Connection
POSTED: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
In Cameron County one County Judge held a press conference to give more details on the first confirmed death in the US due to the Swine Flu after being treated at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
We talked with Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos who spoke with the toddlers aunt to get more details.
The judge says the family is from Mexico City. They flew from Mexico City to Matamoros on the third. Then drove over to Brownsville on the same day. They spent the weekend in Brownsville. They stayed at a local hotel and visited family on the west side of the city.
"The aunt told me that when they arrived Friday April 3rd there were no symptoms the boy was ill, no display of the flu virus."
From April 5th through the 8th the family went to Houston. There, the mother and aunt went to the doctor's office for a medical examination for themselves. The boy went along and the child was in good medical condition. Then on April 8th the family says the boy become ill with flu-like symptoms.
"The point is to know that he was somewhere else for a long period of time, 3 and half days in Houston. There is a lot of possibilities now."
On April 13 the judge says the boy was admitted to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville for pneumonia. April 14 the boy was transported to a hospital in Houston.
On the 27 the boy was confirmed dead.
Judge Cascos says after talking to family, none of them are showing symptoms of the swine flu. They are currently still in Houston mourning the loss of the toddler.