MIAMI – Florida health officials say the state's first swine flu fatality was a 9-year-old Miami-Dade County boy who suffered from asthma.
The chief physician for the county's health department said Tuesday the boy was brought to a Kendall hospital on June 8 within 24 hours of showing flu-like symptoms. The boy died at the hospital the next day.
The doctor says it took health officials a week to test tissue samples and confirm he had the swine flu virus.
The boy died about four days after he was last in school. Neither his name nor the name of his school were released.
State health officials say Florida currently has 417 confirmed cases of the swine flu virus, including 143 in Miami-Dade County.