WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting head of the Centers of Disease
Control and Prevention says the confirmed death of a 23-month-old
child in Texas is a tragic development, but that it's too soon to
say just how fast the swine flu virus is spreading.
Dr. Richard Besser said health authorities had been anticipating
that the virus would cause deaths, and said that "as a
pediatrician and a parent, my heart goes out to the family."
But Besser said in a nationally broadcast network interview that
it's too soon to say if the death in Texas suggests the virus is
spreading to more states. Nor would he say whether officials think
it will become a nationwide problem.
Besser said on NBC's "Today" show that he didn't believe
"this indicates any change in the strain of the flu."
Besser also said that "we see with any flu virus a spectrum of
disease symptoms" and said authorities need to learn more about