Archive for Mexican flu

Wrongful Death Suit

Posted in death with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by Qritiq

Steven Trunnell, the husband of the first U.S. resident to die from swine flu, has sued the owner of the Mexican pig farm where the virus reportedly originated.

Trunnell said that his wife, Judy Trunnell, 33, did not have underlying ailments that contributed to her death, despite Texas health officials reporting that she had a respiratory condition.

“She was in perfect health,” attorney Marc Rosenthal said.

Judy Trunnell taught special education at an elementary school. She was eight months pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital with flu symptoms. Doctors were able to save her baby daughter after Judy slipped into a coma.

Her death came about a week after that of a Mexico City toddler who became the first person to die in the United States from swine flu.

News reports traced the first cases of swine flu to the Mexican town of La Gloria in the state of Veracruz, the location of the world’s largest pig farm.

Smithfield Farms Brownsville wrongful death

Flu Still Spreading

Posted in crisis with tags , , , on May 11, 2009 by Qritiq


The link below brings up a map of concentrations of confirmed cases of Mexican/swine flu.  Use the slider to see how the disease has spread.  The disease has caused 5 deaths outside of Mexico.  It seems to be spreading quickly now in the midwest.  (The map shows ONLY confirmed cases; there are actually far, far more cases of flu than are depicted.)

Flu graphic