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Texas has second highest number of confirmed swine flu cases in U.S.


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By Robin Scott


On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) reported that 62 countries have officially classified 17,410 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu.  Mexico has reported 5,029 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 92 deaths. The United States has reported 8,975 laboratory confirmed human cases, including 15 deaths.  The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect.  The United States continues to surpass Mexico in the number of confirmed cases.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) updates the total number of Texas cases weekly.  A breakdown by county is also provided.  As of Tuesday, June 2, 1498 Texas residents have been confirmed with the virus and five people have died from the illness in Texas.  Sixty-eight Texas counties now have confirmed cases, with Hildago County having the highest numbers at 259.   The nearest county to the Dallam/Hartley County area with confirmed cases is Lubbock County with three confirmed cases and no deaths. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report U.S. states affected by the virus on its website.  Texas has the second highest number of cases, with the state of Wisconsin being the highest.  To date, Wisconsin has 1,641 confirmed cases.  The numbers shown by the CDC are slightly different than those by the Texas Department of Health and likely due to the difference in reporting confirmed cases only as in Texas or reporting confirmed and suspected cases.  The CDC shows that there are 10,053 cases nationwide with 17 deaths.

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.