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2009

Swine Flu Updates


5 May 2009 -- WHO Updates that as of 16:00 GMT, 5 May 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1490 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
 The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (140), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (27).

It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities. 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.

WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders.

There is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products.

Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.

2 May 2009 --WHO updates that the situation continues to evolve. As of 18:00 GMT+1, 2 May 2009, 16 countries have officially reported 658 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 397 confirmed human cases of infection, including 16 deaths. The higher number of cases from Mexico in the past 48 hours reflects ongoing testing of previously collected specimens. The United States Government has reported 160 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (51), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), France (2), Germany (6), Israel (3), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15).

Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.

WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

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.

 
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May 1st 2009
WHO updates that  the situation continues to evolve. As of 23:30 GMT, 1 May 2009, 13 countries have officially reported 367 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

The United States Government has reported 141 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Mexico has reported 156 confirmed human cases of infection, including nine deaths.The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (34), China, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region (1), Denmark (1), Germany (4), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).
 
WHO's travel updates advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

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.
 
WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus. Today, international travel moves rapidly, with large numbers of individuals visiting various parts of the world. Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community.

Influenza A(H1N1) has already been confirmed in many parts of the world. The focus now is on minimizing the impact of the virus through the rapid identification of cases and providing patients with appropriate medical care, rather than on stopping its spread internationally. Furthermore, although identifying the signs and symptoms of influenza in travellers can be an effective monitoring technique, it is not effective in reducing the spread of influenza as the virus can be transmitted from person to person before the onset of symptoms. Scientific research based on mathematical modelling indicates that restricting travel will be of limited or no benefit in stopping the spread of disease. Historical records of previous influenza pandemics, as well as experience with SARS, have validated this point.

Travellers can protect themselves and others by following simple recommendations related to travel aimed at preventing the spread of infection. Individuals who are ill should delay travel plans and returning travellers who fall ill should seek appropriate medical care. These recommendations are prudent measures which can limit the spread of many communicable diseases and not only influenza A(H1N1).

Aril 30th 2009 Ever since Swine flu influenza broke in Mexico this year, there is panic everywhere around the world about this flu virus. Today it has reached such a point that WHO has raised the pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5. Like al, even I became quite concerned for some obvious reasons. One is that I commute in a public transit from my home in Edison/NJ to Midtown Manhattan and there is a high chance of coming in contact with somebody during the transit. Second, I have a infant who is just 15 months old and I am really concenrned for her. Infants would really find tough to fight against these kind of infections. Hence I decided to keep myself updated with all the happenings around the world and the care that I need to take to protect, me, my family and people around me. That is when I decided to add a section for health in general and Swine Flu in particular at this point of time.

 I will be updating this page everyday with the latest news, announcements and what as individuals we could do to help fight this epedemic.

April 30th:

WHO Updates

Influenza pandemic alert raised from phase 4 to 5
29 April 2009 -- Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General raised the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5. She stated that all countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities. 

 


In America:

CNN today reported this - In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has confirmed 109 cases of swine flu, or 2009 H1N1, in 11 states, an increase of 18 from its previous total. The death toll climbed again Thursday, with Mexican officials announcing that the number of confirmed deaths from the virus in that country had increased to 12. There has been one death in the United States. Mexico, with 97 confirmed infections, showed the biggest increase in the world, WHO said. There were 26 confirmed cases there a day earlier. 

NYTimes reported about extreme precautions to stop the fast-spreading swine flu, Fort Worth became the nation’s first major city school district to close on Thursday, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 114 cases in 12 states, up from 91 cases in 10 states on Wednesday.New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine announced on Thursday afternoon that his state had 5 confirmed cases, even as several more states were awaiting official word from tests sent to the centers, including Illinois, Colorado, Maine, Georgia and Louisiana. Hundreds of schools across the country have shut down, but the closure of the public schools in Fort Worth, the nation’s 17th-largest city, is the most concentrated. About 80,000 students are expected to be kept out of their classrooms through May 11 in that city, adding to the 53,000 pupils already out of school in Texas, where 26 people have been confirmed with cases of the swine flu

In Europe

European Union health ministers met on Thursday in a bid to coordinate the bloc's efforts to battle swine flu. The World Health Organization has warned of an immediate threat of a pandemic, while European officials say it's just a matter of time before there are fatalities in Europe.

In Europe, confirmed cases have now been found in Britain, Spain, Austria and Germany. On Thursday Switzerland and the Netherlands joined the list. Spain has been particularly hard hit with the number of affected people climbing to 10, according to World Health Organization spokesman Dick Thompson. Nine of those affected contracted the disease in Mexico, but, significantly, one person was proven to have been infected within Spain

In Africa

Though there are no reported cases of Swine Flu in Africa, most African countries are taking measures to prevent this epidemic. Reuters reports this - EGYPT -- Egypt, hit hard by bird flu, has ordered the slaughter of every pig herd in the country as a precaution against swine flu.Increases medical staff at Cairo airport to check passengers arriving from Mexico and will monitor them during their stay.GABON - Has suspended imports of pork and pork products and increased health checks at all border entry points.GHANA -- Bans the import of pork products. It has drugs available and a quarantine system in place should any cases be identified.KENYA -- Monitoring visitors entering through airports and other border points who may come from infected areas. Visitors being screened are from U.S., Canada, Israel, Spain, and Britain. Kenya has enough medication to treat people and facilities for quarantining

 In Asia

Asia is still swine flu-free.But Asia Activates Pandemic Plans After WHO Alert - Health authorities in Asia have swiftly responded to the World Health Organization's warning of an "imminent pandemic" of swine flu. Authorities have activated pandemic plans, tightened surveillance at borders and stockpiled more drugs.In the Asia-Pacific, only New Zealand has confirmed cases of swine flu

An Indian minister reported that there are no swine cases reported so far in India. Same is the case with China. These two countries would be the key and its very important that they take key measures in preventing this virus entering their counties. I am telling this becasue of two reasons - One the population and two poverty. Population is so high that once enterted, ti will be very tough to control it and educating people in rural areas about this disease would also be a nightmare.

 

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Author: pradeep