Swine Flu: The WHO Warns About Possible Pandemic Risk

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"It's a potential pandemic because it is infecting people." said Margaret Chan,the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), about the unknown and strange flu that has killed at least 149 people in Mexico and may have infected up to a thousand.

The alarm is also coming from the U.S., where the virus has infected height people. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the spread of the virus appears to be out of control.

"Be prepared for the worst. The situation is very serious and we are very concerned, and we do not know if we can contain the spread of this virus" said the director of CDC's Public Health, Anne Schuchat.

WHO said Saturday the outbreak of the pandemic is a major and international public health issue. However, the emergency committee of the organization has not yet taken any decision, according to a spokesman for the organization.

The director general of WHO stated that "a new virus is responsible for these cases," and that "the situation is evolving very quickly." Chan also said that "there have been other outbreaks elsewhere in the world" outside Mexico and the U.S..

The WHO has called on all countries to establish immediately whether there are unusual cases of pneumonia or influenza outside the normal season or affecting young adults.

The director of the WHO has denied reports that many health workers were infected. "In Mexico there are two health workers who have contracted the disease, and our experts are studying, with the Mexican authorities, under what circumstances it has occurred," she underlined.

Symptoms like normal flu

The WHO on Friday confirmed the first fatalities (20 so far, although it is investigating another 48 suspect deaths) linked to this mutant virus in Mexico. Eight other non-fatal cases have been registered in the U.S., six in California and two in Texas, of which only one is hospitalized, but authorities in Kansas have identified at least two additional cases and a suspected outbreak at a pivate school in New York, where 75 students, some of whom had traveled to Mexico recently, have begun to suffer yesterday from dizziness, nausea, fever and pain.

The virus causes symptoms like normal flu, but with more diarrhea and vomiting. And it seems to be able to spread from person to person, with makes Health Authorities fearing a possible pandemic.

Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, countries near are strengthening the health surveillance at airports, seaports and land borders. They have also intensified surveillance of pigs, poultry and cattle, among other measures.

WHO has issued an action protocol for clinical laboratories in order to early identify positive cases of A/H1N1 virus, the cause of the current cases of swine flu in United States and Mexico. The organization strongly recommends that all samples of suspected cases be shipped as soon as possible to one of the WHO laboratories.

Read more:

  • Dr Margaret Chan (WHO Director-General) full statement on swine influenza
  • US CDC investigates Human Swine Influenza cases in California and Texas
  • US CDC general informations on Swine Flu

U.S. Swine Flu confirmed cases:

  • California : 7
  • Kansas : 2
  • New York City : 28
  • Ohio : 1
  • Texas : 2

There are 40 confirmed cases so far in the U.S. but none of them fatal.

Canada also reported 4 cases in Nova Scotia and 2 in British Colombia.

In France, 4 suspect cases were investigated but proved negative.

Death toll continues to increase in Mexico and has reached 149.

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Swine Flu Update: Public Health Emergency Declared in U.S.

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USA Today: Jannet Napolitano, Secretary of State for National Security has declared the situation of "public health emergency" due to the spread of swine flu in the country.

8 new cases have been confirmed in New York, linked to the new strain of Swine Flu virus.

Napolitano made this announcement in a press conference at the White House, alongside the director of the Center for Disease Control, Richard Besser, who confirmed that there were 20 cases of swine influenza infections in the U.S.

Concern in other countries

Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, countries that border with Mexico, also declared the health emergency and are strengthening surveillance at airports, seaports and land borders.

Outside the Americas, several countries have taken special measures to strengthen the security of their citizens.

Philippines has banned the import of pork from the United States and Mexico. In the mean time, New Zealand health authorities are trying to confirm whether a group of 22 students and three teachers, who recently returned from a trip to Mexico might have contracted the disease. According to the director of the Public Health Service in the Auckland region, Julia Peters, fourteen of the 25 travelers had similar symptoms to the flu, and four of them are worse than the rest.

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Laboratory testing show that the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is susceptible to antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) but resistant to amantadine and rimantadine.

That's a good news: we know that we have at least to antiviral drugs that work on this virus, but have we got enough of these drugs available in case of a pandemic?

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Two new cases of swine flu infection were reported Saturday by health officials in Kansas, as well as a new case in California.

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