Swine Flu update
By Robin Scott
On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 73 countries have officially classified 25,288 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. Mexico has reported 5,717 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 107 deaths. The United States has reported 13,217 laboratory confirmed human cases, including 27 deaths. The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provides information regarding confirmed cases of swine flu in Texas on its website. To date 1,812 cases have been confirmed in Texas with five deaths. Seventy-two of the 254 counties in Texas have confirmed cases. Hidalgo County remains the county with the highest number of confirmed cases at 277. Lubbock County went from three confirmed cases to nine in the past week, and is the county closest to the Dallam/Hartley counties area with confirmed cases.
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.