Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and government
_Deaths: 168 in Mexico, eight confirmed as swine flu and rest suspected. One confirmed in U.S., a 23-month-old boy from Mexico who died in Texas.
_Sickened: 2,955 suspected and 99 confirmed in Mexico. Confirmed elsewhere: 120 in U.S.; 19 in Canada; 13 in Spain; eight in Britain; three in Germany
and in New Zealand; two in Israel; one each in Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands.
_In U.S., CDC confirms 109 cases and state officials confirm another 11. CDC confirms: 50 in New York, 26 in Texas, 14 in California, 10 in South
Carolina, two each in Kansas and Massachusetts, and one each in Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Michigan and Nevada. State officials confirm five in New
Jersey, three in Maine, two in Colorado and one in Michigan.
_Several hundred schools close nationwide, with at least 200 in Texas and 62 in Alabama, plus scattered closings in New York, California, South
Carolina, Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio, Utah, Washington state, Michigan and Maine.
_The World Health Organization increases its tally of confirmed swine flu cases around the world to 236 from 148.
_The World Health Organization says it will stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. It will instead refer
to the virus by its scientific name, "H1N1 influenza. A."
_The Obama administration comes out against closing the U.S.-Mexico border. Vice President Joe Biden says it would be "a monumental undertaking"
with limited benefit.
_Public health emergency declared in the United States and roughly 12 million doses of Tamiflu from federal stockpile to be delivered to states.
_Texas Gov. Rick Perry issues disaster declaration, and state suspends all high school sports competitions until May 11. Texas school closings affect
_Two leading U.S. makers of respiratory masks ramp up production to meet heavy demand from pharmacies.
The Obama administration comes out against closing the U.S.-Mexico border. Vice President Joe Biden says it would be "a monumental undertaking" with
translation: "it's really expensive and it will take a lot of work. Since we've never really done it before I think we'll just let it be for
[edit on 4/30/09 by CSquared288]