Thursday, April 30, 2009

CDC: 109 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu

GFP Note: The CDC released this information before the one case in Georgia was confirmed. The total may now be adjusted to 110. According to the Georgia hospital where the 30 year old female is, she is in isolation and has just returned from a trip to Cancun.

In response to an intensifying outbreak in the

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 30, 2009, 10:30 AM ET)
# of laboratory confirmed cases
Arizona 1
California 14
Indiana 1
Kansas 2
Massachusetts 2
Michigan 1
Nevada 1
New York 50
Ohio 1
South Carolina
TOTAL COUNTS 109 cases 1 death
United States and internationally caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5External Web Site Policy. on April 29, 2009. A Phase 5 alert is a “strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.”

The United States Government has declared a public health emergency in the United States. CDC’s response goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency. CDC is issuing and updating interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation. CDC’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) continues to send antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to all 50 states and U.S. territories to help them respond to the outbreak. The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. In addition, the Federal Government and manufacturers have begun the process of developing a vaccine against this new virus.

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