Did a 16 month old boy die of the H1N1 swine flu virus in New York? No-one is really sure. The little boy was taken to the hospital with a high fever and flu like symptoms and died a short time after arrival. The hospital is now testing to find out if the cause of the death was swine flu related. Earlier in the week an assistant school principal died of the swine flu virus in New York. 17 schools have been closed in the New York area due to the swine flu scare.