A Health Department spokesperson confirmed the investigation but said the agency does not comment on specific cases. In the interim, we do know that last Sunday, a public school assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener was New York's first official death attributed to swine flu. However, other health factors may have contributed to Wiener's death. However, Wiener's family has only shared a history of gout and degenerative joint disease.Skip over this content While my daughter is right in that it is not time to panic, there are some health tips worth following: Tips to Contain Swine Flu
Official opine that swine flu originated in Mexico and has spread around the world. Thousands of people have become sick but there have only been a handful of reported deaths.