H1N1 Influenza Continues to Spread
As of 11 am, May 3rd, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 226 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in 30 states with only one death. The states include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports the H1N1 influenza virus has spread from Mexico (506 confirmed cases with 19 deaths) to not only the U.S. but to 15 other countries. None of them have any deaths at this time. The countries with confirmed cases include Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The current phase of response remains at level 5. Both the CDC and WHO continue to give daily updates and guidance to clinicians and the public.
The public is asked to continue to use the following precautions:
* If you do need to travel, whenever possible avoid crowded enclosed spaces and close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
* There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products.
* Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.
* Ill persons are encouraged to practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands).
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