New York City has its first reported swine flu death. The 55-year-old assistant principal at a Queens middle school had been sick for nearly a week before his school was closed on Thursday.
A hospital spokesman says complications other than the virus could have contributed to Mitchell Wiener's death. He had been hospitalized and on a ventilator.
The city's first outbreak of swine flu occurred three weeks ago,
when about 700 students and 300 other people associated with a
Catholic high school in Queens began falling ill following the
return of several students from vacations in Mexico, the epicenter
of the outbreak.
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