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Assistant principal is 1st NYC swine flu death

(AP) - A school assistant principal who was sick forseveral days with swine flu on Sunday became the city's first deathlinked to the virus and the nation's sixth. Mitchell Wiener, who worked at an intermediate

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2009, 1:19 PM

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(AP) - A school assistant principal who was sick forseveral days with swine flu on Sunday became the city's first deathlinked to the virus and the nation's sixth. Mitchell Wiener, who worked at an intermediate school in Queens,died Sunday evening, Flushing Hospital Medical Center spokesmanAndrew Rubin said. Wiener, who had been hospitalized and on aventilator, had been sick with the virus for nearly a week beforehis school was closed on Thursday. Complications besides the viruslikely played a part in his death, Rubin said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the death of Wiener, who was 55 andhad taught for decades, "is a loss for our schools and our city." "He was a well-liked and devoted educator," Bloomberg said ina statement. Wiener was hired as a substitute teacher in March 1978, then asa mathematics teacher, working in that position until 2007. Sincethen, Wiener had been employed as an assistant principal at I.S.238, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Intermediate School, in theHollis neighborhood. Besides Wiener, no one else in New York City has becomeseriously ill from the virus. As of Sunday afternoon, healthofficials had reported five other deaths in the U.S.: three inTexas, one in Washington state and one in Arizona. Most people sickened from the swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, havecomplained of mild, seasonal flu-like symptoms such as fever,cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue. The city's first outbreak of swine flu occurred three weeks ago,when about 700 students and 300 other people associated with aCatholic high school in Queens began falling ill following thereturn of several students from vacations in Mexico, the epicenterof the outbreak. The school was closed.


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