Swine Flu Outbreak Map

29 April 2009

SWINE FLU - LATEST UPDATES

from Wall Street Journal

11:37 a.m.: The World Health Organization says the spread of swine flu is moving closer to Phase 5.

11:13 a.m.: Four more states — Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Michigan – have confirmed swine-flu cases, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says. She says the number of confirmed U.S. cases has reached 91.

10 a.m.: The Associated Press reports: Mexico City’s mayor says the swine flu outbreak seems to be stabilizing, with one more death since he spoke last. If the death toll keeps tapering off, he says he will consider easing the citywide shutdown. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says that if the tendency continues, he will consult world health authorities before lowering the city’s maximum alert level and easing up on the closure of public events and places. Mexico says swine flu is now suspected in 159 deaths, and nearly 2,500 illnesses. It’s not clear if the latest death is included in the overall numbers.

8:52 a.m.: A suspected case of swine flu closed an elementary school on Chicago’s North Side. If confirmed, this will be the first case of the rapidly-spreading disease in Illinois. Local news reports said Joyce Kilmer Public School, in Roger’s Park, will be closed for two days. The student’s name and age hasn’t been released.

8:46 a.m.: The Associated Press reports: Egypt says it is planning to slaughter all of the country’s 300,000 pigs in the country as a precautionary measure. The nation’s Health Ministry has said there are no cases of swine flu in the country, however neighboring Israel has reported two.

8:13 a.m.:President Obama says the White House is closely monitoring the swine-flu situation outbreak, and suggests schools affected by the outbreak should consider closing temporarily.

8:00 a.m.: Jeanne Whalen reports: The first doses of a swine-flu vaccine could be available about 15 weeks after the WHO decides what kind of vaccine it wants companies to produce, the CEO of Sanofi-Aventis said in an interview. Sanofi, one of the world’s biggest vaccine makers, is waiting for the WHO and the CDC to pick the strain of the swine-flu virus that would best work in a vaccine, he said.

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