Swine Flu: What we know right now

Monday, April 27, 2009 - 02:20 PM

UPDATED: April 30, 2009, 8:50 a.m. (Eastern)

- 91 confirmed cases of "swine influenza A" (H1N1) in United States, including one death (CDC, April 29, 2009, 9:45 p.m. ET)
- Cases confirmed in 11 states: Arizona (1), California (14), Indiana (1), Kansas (2), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (2), Nevada (1), New York (51), Ohio (1), Texas (16) (Source: CDC, April 29, 2009, 9:45 p.m. ET)
- Some U.S. schools are closing in ten states, and the government is asking employers to prepare contingency plans for workers, in case they need to telecommute. (April 29)
- President Obama: "We are continuing to closely monitor the emergency cases of the H1N1 flu virus throughout the United States. As I said this morning, this is obviously a very serious situation," (prime-time press conference, April 29)
- WHO Director-General raised the level of influenza pandemic alert to Phase Five (Source: WHO)
- It's not an "epidemic" even in Mexico
President Felipe Calderon is advising Mexicans to remain indoors between May 1 and May 5. There are 2,500 suspected cases of swine flu in Mexico and more than 160 suspected deaths. - The Department of Health and Human Services issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration, allowing HHS to "take additional steps to fully mobilize our prevention, treatment and mitigation capabilities should those actions become necessary." (Source: HHS, April 26)

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RESOURCES
Times Topics: Swine Flu (The New York Times)
Q&A: Swine Influenza and You (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Understanding Swine Flu (The New York Times)
Key Facts (CDC)
Swine Flu (CDC)
Swine Flu Alert Map (HealthMap.org)
Consults Blog (The New York Times)
Follow CDCemergency on Twitter

Map: State-by-state swine flu infections (The Takeaway)
Read and listen to more about swine flu (The Takeaway)

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