Florida Confirms First Swine Flu Death

By: AP
By: AP

Florida health officials have confirmed the state's first swine flu death.

The Florida Department of Health said Tuesday the victim was a 9-year-old Miami-Dade County boy. No other information was released. State health officials say Florida currently has 417 confirmed cases of the swine flu virus, including 143 in Miami-Dade County.

As of Friday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there had been 17,855 confirmed swine flu cases nationwide, including 45 deaths in 15 other states. New York, with 13 deaths, has the most.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The Associated Press on Tuesday that schoolchildren may be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall.

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