Swine Flu has not slowed to date
By Robin Scott
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) has officially classified 70,893 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. To date 311 people have died worldwide. The United States has reported 27,717 laboratory confirmed human cases or 39.09 percent of the total cases worldwide. Deaths in the United States have reached 127 or 40.83 percent of the total deaths worldwide. The Phase 6 Alert continues.
WHO states that a Phase 6 Alert is the pandemic phase and is characterized by “Community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria for a Phase 5 Alert. A Phase 5 Alert is characterized by “Human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provides information regarding confirmed cases of swine flu in Texas on its website. To date 2,982 cases have been confirmed in Texas with 13 deaths. Ninety-three of the 254 counties in Texas have confirmed cases. Hidalgo County remains the county with the highest number of confirmed cases at 595. Lubbock continues to remain the closest to the Dallam/Hartley counties area with 13 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.