Mitchell Wiener became the citys first victim of the virus
A New York school assistant principal who was sick for several days with swine flu has become the city’s first victim of the virus.
Mitchell Wiener, who had worked at an intermediate school in Queens, died on Sunday evening.
Mr Wiener had been sick for nearly a week before his school was closed on Thursday. He had been hospitalised and on a ventilator.
Besides Mr Wiener, no one else in New York has become seriously ill from the virus. As of Sunday afternoon, health officials had reported five other deaths in the US: three in Texas, one in Washington state and one in Arizona. Internationally, at least 76 have died.
New York’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 epicentre of the outbreak.
Five more city schools will close on Monday over swine flu concerns, bringing the total to 11. City health officials said that four Queens public schools and one Catholic school would close on Monday for up to five school days. Three of the public schools are in the same building.
Each school had students with flu-like illnesses last week.
There were no documented cases of swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, at any of the schools, said Jessica Scaperotti, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The department is monitoring unusual clusters of flu cases as it works to stop the spread of the swine flu virus, she said. Six schools were closed last week after hundreds of students became ill with suspected swine flu symptoms.