Swine Flu affects several Texas counties
By Robin Scott
On Tuesday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) reported that 21 countries have officially classified 1,490 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect.
In Dalhart, local officials continue to monitor the swine flu outbreak carefully and take part in a conference call with the Texas Department of Health every afternoon for updates and information.
Citizens are urged to be wary of symptoms associated with swine flue, including 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.
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. Sixty-one cases have been confirmed cases in Texas, of which 60 are Texas residents. A listing of cases by county is as follows: Bexar, 4; Cameron, 2; Collin, 1; Comal, 4; Dallas, 7; Denton, 1; El Paso , 7; Fort Bend, 3; Guadalupe, 10; Harris, 4; Hidalgo, 1; Johnson, 4; Nueces, 1; Starr, 2; Tarrant, 8; Travis, 1.
Although several individuals in Amarillo are suspected of having swine flu, no confirmed cases from Amarillo have been reported. No cases have been confirmed in Dalhart; however, four individuals were seen in Dalhart’s clinic last Thursday with concerns.
For more information on the swine flu virus see www.dshs.state.tx.us and www.governor.state.tx.us and www.cdc.gov and www.who.int and www.tx.flu.org.