Confirmed Swine Flu Cases Triples to 331

Friday, May 1, 2009

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The mainstream media is reporting an updated number of confirmed swine flu cases this morning. According to the World Health Organization, 331 people now have H1N1 swine flu — a jump of 30%.

The virus, commonly known as swine flu, has spread to 11 countries with the hardest hit nations being Mexico and the United States.

In addition to Mexico and the United States, WHO said, the following countries have confirmed cases: Austria (1), Canada (34), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).

An additional 230 cases are being investigated in the United Kingdom, and Spain has 84 suspected cases. Australia, which has had no confirmed cases, was investigating 114.

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11 Responses to Confirmed Swine Flu Cases Triples to 331

  1. Brigadoon says:

    The media’s attention span for a story is very short, usually under a week. Don’t think just because the amount of time devoted to covering the epidemic that it’s an indication the viral outbreak is receding. More cases are being confirmed each day and my thinking is, this will continue well into summer.

  2. Mauigirl says:

    Since so far in the U.S. and elsewhere outside of Mexico the cases have been generally mild, the important thing right now is for them to develop a vaccine for next year’s wave of it. Usually flu germs don’t thrive well in the summer so my theory is it will die down once the summer comes. But it will be back.

  3. libhom says:

    So far, it looks as though the swine flu is much more of a worry for people in poor countries. Economic injustice leads to healthcare injustice.

  4. TOM339 says:

    Culturally, it is very important for Americans to feel safe and confident.

    This is why you don’t see Americans wearing face masks and why the White House, Homeland Security and the CDC, moved quickly to shut down Joe Biden yesterday.

    We can’t interrupt commerce and commerce is the real religion of the United States.

    Let’s see what happens when the swine flu moves south after the summer passes and reemerges next year, sickening people in Mexico and the US.

    It isn’t until then that we will know if the crisis is indeed over. Remember, the 1918 flu saw a peak, a decline and then a huge and lethal reemergence in 1919 that resulted in the deaths of 50 million victims worldwide.

  5. Aunt Peg says:

    If the swine flu is so mild, why are school districts in Ft. Worth, TX closing for two weeks and schools closures are now common in more than 25 states?

    I don’t think this is a “mild” outbreak.

    I think the Feds want people to believe this but I’m very skeptical.

  6. bradfrmphnx says:

    Now that we have learned this flu is missing a protein that helps it to replicate, there may be less to worry about. This Fri, morning the news is reporting that this will amount to nothing more than a normal flu outbreak, without the deadly effects we were thinking was possible.

    That is good, but it is only a matter of time before one of these unfluenza strains turns into a killer.

  7. Fran says:

    I think it is too early to know… the CDC is so slow to update… they finally posted 5/1 updates… 141 confirmed cases. Apparently it is taking a few days to get CDC confirmation & the more cases that emerge, it seems the slower they get.

  8. Idaho Librul says:

    I know the numbers are too low.

    We’ve had several schools temporarily close and the students sent home for suspected swine flu. The kids displayed the usual symptoms and we’re just waiting to get the test results back.

    I heard 30,000 U.S. students are home due to school closures. We don’t need no stinkin’ Phase 6 alert to call it what it is. This is a global pandemic.

  9. Estacada says:

    I hope with the delivery of stockpiled Tamiflu to states and cities and towns, this will mean health departments have what they need to treat the sick.

    Obama’s pathetic $1.5 billion dollar request to help fight this scourge is inadequate in a country as large and as mobile as ours.

    Plus, the border with Mexico remains wide open and anyone can come across. Even during a time of public health crisis, we don’t want to anger Mexico.

  10. bradfrmphnx says:

    Estacada…nobody wants that border closed more than me. But for probably different reasons. Napalitano is saying that closing the border is too late, and I agree it is. By the time anyone got around to thinking it should be closed it was already in the USA. Now it is all over the USA so there would be no benefit in closing the border now. And you must remember that a great deal of our produce comes from Mexico. We watch truck after truck after truck cross the border constantly. Now, I live closer to the border than most living in Phoenix and I’m not all that worried anymore. Especially after hearing on the news for the last 8 hours that this flu is just a regular flu. At least for now. Angering or not angering Mexico, isn’t the reason we are leaving the border open.

  11. lea-lea says:

    Obama needs to ask for more money for this flu.

    You see, the problem is, H1N1 swine flu is a new bug made up of flu type-A, swine and bird flu and once a bug like this is released into the population, it lays dormant until next year, or the year after or 10 years later. It doesn’t ever go completely away.

    An effective vaccine is what it will require.

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