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U.S. officials weigh measures as flu spreads
Mon May 4, 2009 11:51pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new H1N1 swine flu virus has infected 286 people in 36 U.S. states and it is likely to spread to every state, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday.
Most cases remain mild, but 35 people have been hospitalized, the CDC's acting director, Dr. Richard Besser, told a news conference. A toddler who died in Texas last week remains the only death in the United States so far.
In Mexico, officials say they hope cases there will continue to decline, but it was clear the outbreak of the never-before-seen strain of influenza was spreading elsewhere.
Besser said the virus was so clearly everywhere that the CDC might step down its recommendations to test people so that state and federal health officials could spend their limited time and resources elsewhere.
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Swine(H1N1) Flu Tracking Charts: 04 May Update
U.S. cases are up 23% today, smaller than the over all average increase per day. 36 states now with cases (new today in italics): Alabama(4), Arizona(17), California(30), Colorado(7), Connecticut(2), Delaware(20), Florida(5), Idaho(1), Illinois(8), Indiana(3), Iowa(1), Kansas(2), Kentucky(1), Louisiana(7), Maryland(4), Massachusetts(6), Michigan(2), Minnesota(1), Missouri(1), Nebraska(1), Nevada(1), New Hampshire(1), New Jersey(7), New Mexico(1), New York(73), North Carolina(1), Ohio(3), Oregon(3), Pennsylvania(1), Rhode Island(1), South Carolina(15), Tennessee(1), Texas(41), Utah(1), Virginia(3), Wisconsin(3).
Originally posted by chise61
reply to post by spinkyboo
I still think it's a resurgence of the 1918 flu strain, there are too many similarities between the two. Either they haven't put the pieces together yet or they are trying to keep it from us, maybe because it's their fault it escaped while they were messing with it. Or maybe they're the ones responsible for the current mutation.
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Swine flu roots traced to Spanish flu
Last Updated: Friday, May 1, 2009 | 5:17 PM ET
Pigs might have spread the current strain of influenza to humans, attracting worldwide attention, but new Canadian-led research suggests that we might have given pigs the flu in the first place, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
A group of Canadian and U.S. researchers, writing in the May issue of the Journal of Virology, say experimental testing of how pigs responded to the 1918 Spanish flu supports the theory that the virus was passed on from humans to pigs in 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic.
Both the human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu and a swine respiratory disease occurred at roughly the same time. The first human cases of Spanish flu appeared in spring of 1918 while the first reports of the swine illness were in the fall of that year.