OUTBREAK

Obama: My Plan for the Flu

On his hundredth day in office, President Obama released a statement that offered his condolences to the family of the swine flu's first victim in the United States. The president said he received the news overnight of the toddler who died in Texas yesterday and sent his "thoughts and prayers," adding, "This is obviously a serious situation, serious enough to take the utmost precautions." Texas officials have said the boy was brought to Texas from Mexico early this month with "underlying health problems." Shortly after arriving in America, the boy became ill and was admitted to the hospital, where he eventually died. Obama exhorted health officials and parents to be vigilant for any symptoms of the virus, saying that substantial school cancellations are a possibility.