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  • Green Hornet

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    Level means sustained human-to-human transmission is causing outbreaks

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    Situation in the United States
    As of 1:00 PM ET on April 27, 2009, CDC has confirmed 40 human cases of swine flu in the United States:
    • California: 7 cases
    • Kansas: 2 cases
    • New York City: 28 cases
    • Ohio: 1 case
    • Texas: 2 cases
    The following is from CDC:


    Of these 40 cases, there have been zero deaths. Only one has been hospitalized. All 40 have fully recovered.
    For more information, please see the CDC Swine Flu website.
    Situation in Mexico
    At this time, CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.
    As of April 27, 2009, the Government of Mexico has reported 18 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. Investigation is continuing to clarify the spread and severity of the disease in Mexico. Suspect clinical cases have been reported in 19 of the country's 32 states. The World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sent experts to Mexico to work with health authorities. CDC has confirmed that seven of 14 respiratory specimens sent to CDC by the Mexican National Influenza Center are positive for swine influenza virus and are similar to the swine influenza viruses recently identified in the United States.
    On April 25, the WHO Director-General declared this event a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the rules of the International Health Regulations. CDC and state public and animal health authorities are currently investigating 20 cases of swine flu in humans in California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio, and New York City. Some of the U.S. cases have been linked to travel to Mexico. CDC is concerned that continued travel by U.S. travelers to Mexico presents a serious risk for further outbreaks of swine flu in the United States.
    For more information, please see the full Travel Health Warning for Mexico posted on April 27, 2009.
    What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
    There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
    • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them
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    M. Sage

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    This is going to be as bad as SARS! It'll be as bad as the avian flu! Heck, I bet it'll even be as bad as West Nile virus!

    Oh wait.. those three turned out to be nothing, too.

    Sorry if I sound like I don't care (but I don't :p), but I've seen too many of these false starts from the media to buy it this time.
     

    Libertarian_Longhorn

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    This is going to be as bad as SARS! It'll be as bad as the avian flu! Heck, I bet it'll even be as bad as West Nile virus!

    Oh wait.. those three turned out to be nothing, too.

    Sorry if I sound like I don't care (but I don't :p), but I've seen too many of these false starts from the media to buy it this time.

    +1
     

    dee

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    Yea as of 6 they shut one of our schools down and maybe more by 10. Also all UIL events have been postponed to later dates.
     

    DCortez

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    We have had our first death in Texas now.....

    Was a toddler from Veracruz, Mexico. From what I read, he was a sickly kid who's family was visiting Brownsville, Texas and was brought to Houston for treatment.

    Sad nonetheless.
     

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