Saturday, May 2, 2009
Confirmed cases of swine flu jumped by more than 65 percent Saturday with the World Health Organization reporting 615 people in 15 countries.
The organization had reported 367 cases on Friday. The jump in cases was due to ongoing testing of a backlog of specimens in Mexico, the WHO said.
The most cases were in Mexico, where 397 people were infected and 16 deaths were attributed to the virus, according to the WHO. Next was the United States, which has 141 cases and one death.
Meanwhile, in the first reported case of mandatory quarantine nearly 200 hotel guests and 100 staff members were ordered to stay at the Metro Park Hotel in Hong Kong for seven days to stop the spread of the H1N1 swine flu virus, according to a Chinese government spokesman.
The quarantine was ordered after a 25 -year-old Mexican man stayed in the hotel and became sick.