State Officials Confirm First Texan Death from Swine Flu

Staff Report

The Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A Harlingen woman who recently gave birth died today and health experts say she had swine flu.

It's the nation's second swine flu-related death.

Authorities say the 33-year-old school teacher had other, chronic health conditions. Details weren't released.

The woman was first seen by a physician April 14 and was hospitalized on the 19th. She delivered a healthy baby and remained in the hospital until her death.

The Mercedes Independent School District, where the woman taught, is closing its schools until Monday.

Last week, a toddler boy from Mexico City who had swine flu died at a Houston hospital.


-- U.S. health officials today changed course and are no longer recommending that schools close for the swine flu.

Swine flu worries closed some 830 schools across Texas, sending about 492,000 students home. But now some schools that planned to be closed all week -- will reopen Thursday, including Corpus Christi, Denton and Lewisville.

The Fort Worth school district, with about 80,000 students, will reopen Friday.