40 cases of human infection in the US, 26 in Mexico, 6 in Canada and 1 in Spain reported so far
Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States and internationally, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The current US count, as of April 27 2009, stands at 40 cases of human swine flu infection.
Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection with the same virus, including seven deaths. Canada has reported six cases, with no deaths, while Spain has reported one case, with no deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Secretary of the Department for Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared a public health emergency in the United States
“The Secretary of the Department for Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared a public health emergency in the United States.
Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir, said the CDC.
The CDC has released one-quarter of its antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to help states respond to the outbreak.
The CDC said in a statement: ‘CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support.’
The WHO added: 'There is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.'
US Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
State/number of laboratory confirmed cases
New York City/28