Swine Flu Deaths Rise to 15 in New York City

New York City health officials say three more people have died from swine flu, bringing the city's total to 15.

One victim was a child under the age of 5, one was a person between 5 to 24 years old, and another was between 30 to 39 years old.

The news comes as the World Health Organization declared a swine flu pandemic on Thursday.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley was to testify later Thursday at a hearing examining the city's response to the flu.

The city health department says a telephone poll of over 1,000 residents found nearly 7 percent had flu-like symptoms in April in May. That suggests more than half a million New Yorkers were ill.