Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here is the latest news on the H1N1 swine flu from the World Health Organization (WHO) as of May 10, 2009.
As you can see from the map, cases of H1N1 swine flu are continuing to spread at an alarming rate. 29 countries have officially reported 4379 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 1626 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 45 deaths. The United States has reported 2254 laboratory confirmed human cases in 44 states, including two deaths. Canada has reported 280 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (6), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (12), Germany (11), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Panama (3), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (93), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (39).
The latest American death from the H1N1 swine flu was a Washington state man in Snohomish county. He died from complications of swine flu, health officials announced Saturday.
Oddly, WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the global outbreak and they haven’t raised the threat level to Phase 6 — the highest and a marker of pandemic status.