A quick update on the totals for Swine Flu, which as of May 5, 2009, 11:00 AM ET, climbed to 403 confirmed cases, across 38 states in the United States.
Breakdown from CDC:
New Hampshire 1
New Jersey 6
New Mexico 1
New York 90
North Carolina 1
Rhode Island 1
South Carolina 16
TOTAL (38) 403 cases
The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States and internationally. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks.
CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to an expanding outbreak caused by novel H1N1 flu.
CDC’s response goals are to:
1. Reduce transmission and illness severity, and
2. Provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency.
Internationally, the Swine Flu aka H1N1 Flu has spread into 22 countries witht he official reports of 1516 cases confirmed.
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 (165), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Guatemala (1), 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).
On April 29, 2009, the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, issued a statement announcing they had raised the Pandemic level alert from 4 to phase 5.
On May 4, 2009, the Secretary General briefed, via video, the United Nations General Assembly, explaining what phase 5 was and the circumstances under which they would raise the pandemic level to phase 6.
The world is in phase 5 now. This means that we need to maintain a high level of vigilance and monitor further international spread of the virus, and further spread in countries that are already reporting cases.
We do not know how long we have until we move to phase 6, which indicates we are in a pandemic. We are not there yet. The criteria will be met when we see, in one region outside North America, clear evidence of community-level transmission.
You can find the latest news reports regarding Swine Flu, here.
All previous Wake up America pieces regarding Swine Flu can be found here.