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May 1, 2009

WHO’s Influenza A(H1N1) Status 1 May 2009


Influenza A(H1N1) – update 8.1
Influenza A(H1N1) – update 7

From the Financial Times Ltd. website

From the Financial Times Ltd. website


1 May 2009 — The situation continues to evolve rapidly.
As of 06:00 GMT, 1 May 2009, 11 countries have officially reported 331 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.


The United States Government has reported 109 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
Mexico has reported 156 confirmed human cases of infection, including nine deaths.


The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths
Austria (1),
Canada (34),
Germany (3),
Israel (2),
Netherlands (1),
New Zealand (3),
Spain (13),
Switzerland (1) and
the United Kingdom (8).


Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.
WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders.

It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

There is also 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.

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Timeline of a Pandemic


On Wednesday, World Health Organization officials raised the alert level for A/H1N1 to phase 5, one step short of a full pandemic, as the disease continued to spread around the globe. See how the disease has spread, plus see the key for pandemic phases.


Phase 3 — Through April 26, 2009

March 28, 2009: The first two known human cases of infection with the new flu strain are in the U.S. in late March, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 9-year-old girl from Imperial County, Calif., reports symptoms on March 28, and a 10-year-old boy from San Diego County reports symptoms on March 30.

April 24: The U.S. reports seven confirmed human cases of the new flu strain. The government of Mexico reports an influenza-like illness in Mexico City; San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico; and Mexicali, near the U.S. border. Of the Mexican cases, 18 are confirmed as A/H1N1; 12 of those are genetically identical to the viruses from California. (See the WHO report.)

April 26: The U.S. reports 20 laboratory-confirmed human cases of swine influenza. Mexico reports 18 laboratory-confirmed cases and suspected cases in 19 of the country’s 32 states.(See the WHO report.)

Phase 4 — April 27 to April 29

April 27: Mexico reports 26 confirmed human cases of infection with the same virus, including seven deaths. The U.S. reports 40 confirmed human cases; Canada, six cases; and Spain, one case — all with no deaths.(See the WHO report.)

April 28: Countries reporting laboratory-confirmed cases with no deaths are: the U.S. (64), Canada (6), New Zealand (3), the U.K. (2), Israel (2) and Spain (2). (See the WHO report.)

Phase 5 — Entered April 29

April 29: The U.S. reports 91 confirmed human cases, with one death. Countries reporting laboratory-confirmed cases with no deaths are: Austria (1), Canada (13), Germany (3), Israel (2), New Zealand (3), Spain (4) and the U.K. (5). (See the WHO report.)

April 30: The U.S. reports 109 cases, with one death. Countries reporting laboratory-confirmed cases are: Austria (1), Canada (19), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).

May 1: The U.S. reports 141 confirmed human cases in 19 states, with one death. The World Health Organization says 11 countries have officially reported 331 cases of infection. Countries reporting laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths are: Austria (1), Canada (34), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).

Abstract from : Virus Keeps Spreading, but Alert Stays at Phase 5
The current WHO phase of pandemic alert is 5.

Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.

Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.


Related links :
Influenza A(H1N1) web site
Daily updates will be posted on this site.

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Alert from : http://www.who.int/entity/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html


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