NEW YORK (AFP) — New York medical authorities were testing Tuesday whether swine flu killed a 16-month-old boy who died with a high fever.
"We don't know yet whether the child who died contracted the H1N1 virus," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a press conference. "The tests won't be done till later today or tomorrow."
New Yorkers are on high alert after the city's first fatality from swine flu, a school vice principal who died over the weekend.
The toddler who died was admitted to hospital in the Queens neighborhood with a strong fever, which is a symptom of both ordinary flu and the new H1N1 strain, the hospital said. His sister and brother also had flu-like symptoms.
Fifteen schools in the city have been temporarily closed, according to latest figures, nearly all of them in the Queens neighborhood.
Another outbreak being scrutinized is at a detention center on Rikers Island, where there were four confirmed cases, Bloomberg said.