Eighty-Six people are dead and over a 1400 people have been infected in the Mexico City Metropolitan area. Seven people in California Texas,New York ; Kansas, and Ohio have been infected but since have recovered. 8 children from St. Francis Preparatory High School a Private Catholic High School in Forest Hills, Queens in New York City have been diagnosed with the flu after visiting Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Health officials have Identified H1N1: as derivative of the Swine Flu. This version has part swine, part bird and part human flu wrapped up in one bug.
In Mexico City the Mexican Federal Government teamed up state and local government to limit travel, close schools, Malls, parks; churches, museums, art galleries. People were warned to wear protective masks, and seek medical attention. Sporting events would go on as planned such a professional soccer matches played to empty stadiums and aired live on radio, t.v. and the internet.
US Health officials are aware of the situation; and have declared a health emergency which doctors will have easier access to medicines. Now up to 20 reported cases in the US have tested or Swine Flu. Some doctors are advising patients to wear face masks and keep hand clean.
Ten New Zealand high school aged students from Rangitoto College in Auckland have be diagnosed for flu after a Foreign Language study trip to Mexico. The Students have been quarantine and recovering at home. The New Zealand Ministry of Health have confirmed the students have the flu but not certain that its H1N1 virus.
In Asia where the swine flu outbreak is conjuring up memories of the SARS and Bird flu epidemics in the early 2000’s. Government officials are taking matter very seriously. Most are on crisis mode. They warned the public and those who are traveling outside the region to be on alert and recognize the symptoms of swine flu.
Japaneses health officials are tightening security using thermographic imaging cameras to identify those returning to Japan from Mexico with fever and handing out face masks to passengers. Travelers to the US and Mexico are being issued face masks and clean hands to prevent infection.
On Saturday, over 400 calls to the Japan health ministry hot line for information about swine flu.
In the People Republic of China, health care leaders paying close attention. The government is studying measures to prevent the swine flu; including inspection and quarantining techniques. China and it’s Hong Kong Territory was ground zero of both Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)and bird flu. Over 800 people died from the disease in 2003.
In Canada six cases two in British Columbia and four cases in Nova Scotia in the Canadian Maritime have been confirmed with a mild case of swine flu. Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who warned “as we continue to ramp up our surveillance efforts these cases are likely not the last we’ll see in Canada.”All are sequestered at home and recovering.
The World Health Organization are very concerned about H1N1 virus. WHO General-Director Margaret Chan says that this may become a pandemic and urge nations to step up their surveillance of suspicious outbreaks.
Other Countries have reported to cases of swine flu including
New Zealand (10)
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
The New Zealand Hearld
The Times of London
WNBC-TV / DT
New York Daily News
New York Post
KABC-TV / DT
KCBS-TV-DT / KCAL-TV-DT
Los Angeles Times
Orange County Register
Dallas Morning News
102 people now in Mexico deceased and 1600 infected the number will grow.