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Update: September, 2009
Total U.S. 2009 H1N1 Flu Hospitalizations and Deaths

Posted September 4, 2009, 11:00 AM ET
Data reported to CDC by September 3, 2009, 9:00 AM ET
Reporting States and Territories*  53
Hospitalized Cases  9,079
Deaths       593


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From the World Health Organization web site

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.

More than 70 countries are now reporting cases of human infection with novel H1N1 flu.
















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Commuters wore protective masks at a subway station in Mexico City


13 May 2009


The swine influenza A-H1N1 virus is still spreading around the world.

Belgium on Wednesday confirmed its first case, becoming the 34th country to report an infection of swine flu. The World Health Organization says worldwide, the number of confirmed cases stands at more than 5,700.

Almost all the deaths from the virus have been in Mexico. Mexican authorities on Wednesday raised the death toll there to 60, though authorities say the outbreak in Mexico is declining.

Swine flu has also killed one person in Costa Rica, one in Canada and three people in the United States. On Wednesday, the U.S. said it had confirmed more than 3,300 cases of the virus.
U.S. officials say they expect more.




On Tuesday, Finland and Thailand each confirmed two cases, the first for both countries. Authorities say each of those four patients had recently traveled to Mexico.

China also confirmed its second case on the mainland, while Hong Kong confirmed two as well.

Other swine flu cases have been confirmed in Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Austria, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The WHO has released a report warning that although a flu virus may be considered mild, it can change over time as it spreads around the globe.

Update: April 30, 2009 -
from the World Health Organization web site 

The World Health Organization has announced there is no evidence for the moment to suggest that it should raise a pandemic flu alert from phase five to the highest level of six. The WHO said that it had confirmed 257 cases worldwide.  From today, WHO will refer to the new influenza virus as influenza A(H1N1).

Update: May 1, 2009 - 

from the World Health Organization web site
The situation continues to evolve rapidly. As of 06:00 GMT, 1 May 2009, 11 countries have officially reported 331 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

Update: July, 2009

from the World Health Organization web site
On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.
More than 70 countries are now reporting cases of human infection with novel H1N1 flu.




The Problem:
Infected people can often spread the virus one day before their symptoms develop, and up to a week or more after becoming ill, said the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and younger children may be contagious for longer periods.

The CDC said the symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of regular flu, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported vomiting and diarrhea.

If you are worried about your symptoms the CDC advises you to contact your health care provider, especially if you experience any of the following warning signs.

CDCís Emergency Warning Signs for children that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

CDCís Emergency Warning Signs for adults that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

How do you keep from getting the flu? Avoid crowds and people who appear to be ill, suggested the CDC. And try not touch surfaces that might be contaminated. Flu viruses may live as long as two hours or more on surfaces; wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners, and avoid touching surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, and other surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

The CDC also recommends that you take steps to stay healthy. Get plenty of sleep, remain active, avoid stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.  If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


Resource Links
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World Health Organization

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