Swine flu (H1N1) virus is gradually working its way around the world according to statistics released thru the World Health Organization (WHO).
H1N1 which first appeared in April in Mexico City is now reported in 40 countries around the world with laboratory confirmed cases currently rising to 8480. This figure does not include the many cases where people have mild symptoms and do not know what exactly is wrong. These are the people who continue to work or go to school not knowing that they are spreading the H1N1 virus. Because of the mildness of this virus, the fatality rate is small and mostly among those who have other underlying health problems.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the United Kingdom has surpassed the 100 mark with 14 more cases being reported. The Health Protection Agency reports 6 adults and 8 children are the latest cases in London and the east of England.
Mexico still remains the worst hit with 2895 laboratory confirmed cases with 66 deaths. The United States has confirmed 4714 cases with the 6th death reported in New York City. This death was of an assistant principal of an intermediate school who died over the weekend. It is believed that this patient had other medical conditions that contributed to his death. Currently there are 11 schools completely closed in New York for a week.
A rise in confirmed cases has started coming out of Japan with the current number being more than 120. This has prompted Japanese health officials to close schools and cancel some community events. As of 3 days ago, Japan had only 4 confirmed cases. The new reported cases are mostly among teenagers. Hospitals in Japan are setting up special “fever clinics” which separate possible H1N1 carriers from other outpatients.
Although there are currently fewer confirmed cases in Europe, they are aggressively fighting any cases with anti-viral drugs. In the US and other countries, anti-viral medications are being mostly used with people who already suffer from weakened immune system, diabetes, or other medical condition such as pregnancy.
But slowly, very slowly – H1N1 continues to work its way around the world with WHO concerned for the young people in the Southern Hemisphere. In this area of the world many will be more vulnerable because of malnutrition, wars, HIV infections and other factors. WHO is currently debating whether to raise the pandemic alert level to its highest level of 6.
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