What is the latest news from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and swine flu?

The Texas DSHS has released information on complications of swine flu (H1N1). The officials with Texas DSHS report that most people who develop H1N1, do not need emergency treatment and can be treated at home with fluid intake, medication to reduce fever, rest and careful monitoring. Emergency treatment might become necessary for a patient with any one of these symptoms: difficulty breathing, dehydration, pressure or pain in abdomen or chest, blue or purple discolored lips, unexplained confusion, sudden dizziness, seizures, unresponsiveness or severe or constant vomiting.

Texas health officials also report that those with flu symptoms who have any underlying health conditions could be at a higher risk if they get H1N1. If these people develop flu like symptoms they should call their primary care physician. People with increased risk include: children under 5 years old, infants under 12 months, adults/children with chronic lung, liver, heart, blood, nerve or metabolic disorders such as asthma and diabetes, patients who have HIV, adults 50 years or over, residents of nursing homes, and children or teenagers who are receiving aspirin therapy.

H1N1 was noticed in late April of this year. Mexico began noticing a large number of hospitalizations with flu like illnesses. Because of the lateness of the year and the number of patients with these types of symptoms, Mexican health professionals on the advice of the WHO and Center for Disease Control, began testing patients and identified H1N1. The majority of these cases were reported in the area of Mexico City. Cases then began showing up in the United States and Canada from citizens who had returned from business or vacations in different regions of Mexico.

In Mexico as of the second week of May, it seems that H1N1 might have reached its peak. As of May 11th, they currently have 1626 laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 flu with 48 deaths. In the United States, the number of laboratory confirmed cases is 2532 in 41 states with 3 deaths reported — but all deaths in the United States had underlying health issues. Costa Rica reports 8 laboratory confirmed cases with 1 death. But please note that these are only cases that have been confirmed by testing. Many mild cases have probably been occurring but have not been confirmed so the fatality rate can not be deducted from these released figures.

Swedish invention can reduce the spread of swine influenza (H1N1)

SmittsStopp can be used on all touch surfaces in hospitals, clinics, public spaces, restaurants, schools, kindergartens, shops, taxis, buses and of course at home. Examples of such surfaces are the taps, handles, switches, and similar surfaces where infection spreads easily. It can be used to wipe off the cell phones, computer key boards and mice.

SmittStopp is based on a unique new Swedish invention, cationic polymer, which is positively charged and attaches to all surfaces. Bacteria, virus, staphylococci, and all microorganisms are negatively charged. These are attracted to the positive charge in the polymer where they can not grow and die. For further information go to smittstopp.com.