Sunday, May 17, 2009
The H1N1 swine flu virus continued spreading in New York City, while the disease also reached further into Asia among travelers returning from the United States.
The CDC says more than 4,700 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 46 states plus the District of Columbia. Five people have died in the United States, all with underlying health ailments.
In New York’s Rikers Island prison, an inmate who entered the jail complex on about a month ago was confirmed to have swine flu on Friday.
Malaysia, India and Turkey have reported their first cases, all involving people who had traveled from the United States. They are in addition to the 36 other countries where the World Health Organization says more than 8,450 cases of the disease have been confirmed. The global death toll stood at 75.