By Robin Scott
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) reported that 40 countries have officially classified 8,829 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. Mexico has reported 3,103 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 68 deaths. The United States has reported 4,714 laboratory confirmed human cases, including four deaths. The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect. The United States has not surpassed Mexico in the number of confirmed cases.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provided the following information regarding confirmed cases of swine flu in Texas on its website: the first Texas resident who has died from the virus was a woman from Cameron County who had chronic underlying health conditions. The number of confirmed cases in Texas has risen to 555. A listing of cases by county is as follows:
Atascosa 1, Bee 2, Bexar 57, Brazoria 1, Brazos 2, Brooks 4, Caldwell 1, Cameron 61, Collin 7, Comal 4, Dallas 87, Denton 9, Duval 1, El Paso 20, Erath 2, Fort Bend 11, Galveston, Grayson 2, Guadalupe 29, Hamilton 1, Harris 34, Hildago 30, Hood 1, Jefferson 6, Johnson 12, Kendall 1, Matagorda 1, Montgomery 22, Nolan 1, Nueces 13, San Jacinto 1, Starr 11, Tarrant 94, Taylor 10, Travis 7, Upshur 1, Webb 3, Wichita 1, Williamson 1, and Wise 2.
Symptoms associated with swine flu to watch for are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort. The strain of the current outbreak of swine flu is said to cause only mild symptoms and the infected persons should recover within a few days.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) may be found on the WHO website at www.who.int. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has information available to the public online at www.cdc.gov. Information provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services online may be found at www.dshs.state.tx.us.