First U.S. swine flu death

A 23-month old child in Texas is the first confirmed victim of the swine flu in the US. It’s too early to say how this will play out; if the number of suspected deaths in Mexico are really due to this strain of flu, then the case fatality rate is higher than that of the 1918 Spanish flu. However, it’s unknown if this strain is as communicable as the 1918 strain.

One question that I’ve not seen asked or answered: Why is the Department of Homeland Security taking the lead on America’s response to this? Why not Health and Human Services? Is it because DHS has more resources to enforce a mandatory involuntary quarantine?

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