WISCONSINREPORT.COM (05/04/2009) - At least 20 countries, including the United States have now officially reported 985 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection (often referred to as the Swine Flu), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Mexico has reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The higher number of cases from Mexico reflects ongoing testing of previously collected specimens. WHO notes that the United States has reported 226 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (85), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (2), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (3), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (40), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15).
The World Health Organization states that there is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Some farmers and agricultural groups have indicated a fear that consumers may be wary of pork products and considerably lessen consumption due to the scare. However, several health organizations have comforted everyone by stating that consumers should not associate the so-called Swine Flu with eating pork products. The WHO agrees with that assessment.
The World Health Organization also says 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.
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.
WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders, at this time.
The Wisconsin Department of Health has released a list of 65 Probable Cases, and 3 Confirmed Cases of the H1N1 Flu Virus in the state, as of late Sunday. The confirmed cases include 2 in Milwaukee County and 1 in Adams County.
The Probable Wisconsin Cases: 1 in Jefferson County, 1 in Kenosha County, 19 in Milwaukee County, 1 in Ozaukee County, 2 in Racine County, 1 in Rock County, 2 in Sheboygan County, 5 in Waukesha County, and 33 cases are pending determination.