U.S. Swine Flu Victims Had Chronic Health Problems

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials have released details about the chronic health problems suffered by the two people who had swine flu and died in Texas.

The details are in a study done by scientists at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was released today by the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Mexican toddler who died last week in Houston suffered from chronic muscle weakness, a heart defect, a swallowing problem and lack of oxygen.

The 33-year-old Harlingen woman who died Tuesday had asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, a skin condition and was pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy daughter -- before dying.

The elderly, young children and people with chronic illnesses are at greatest risk for severe illness from the flu.