By Marcy Martinez
Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 6:17 p.m.
A 23 month old boy admitted to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville then transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston died Monday and test confirm he had Swine Flu.
Now the valley hospital he stayed at is taking steps to make sure the virus wasn't spread there.
Valley Baptist Medical Center Spokesperson Teri Retana says the toddler from Mexico was in their care in Brownsville for one day, but a flu sample was not taken at that time, since he was determined to have pneumonia and the Swine Flu hadn't reared it's ugly head yet.
"He had not been tested. At that point, Swine Flu wasn't on the radar as it is now."
State health officials say no one around the child recently has fallen ill, still VBMC is taking precautions for those exposed to him.
"When he was in the hospital on April 13th, he was in our pediatric unit. We will follow protocol to make sure any exposure is treated and monitored appropriately."
With fear of catching Swine Flu spreading even faster than the virus, the hospital is urging people to only seek their services if flu-like symptoms are present.
"More people have presented with flu-like symptoms, we've been proactive, testing those people and sending the samples off for swine flu."
The concern of exposure has prompted Valley Baptist Medical Center to set up hand sanitizing stations, reminders to cover your coughs, and have masks on hand in the ER.
"If in the ER, someone presents with flu-like symptoms, they are wearing masks."