The number of confirmed H1N1, aka swine flu, cases world wide is up to 615 according to the World Health Organization. Yesterday it stood at 367. The jump in cases was due to ongoing testing of a backlog of specimens in Mexico, the WHO said.
U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 2, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
States # of
New Jersey 7
New York 50
TOTAL (21) 160 cases 1 death
The most cases of the flu are in Mexico, where 397 people were infected and 16 deaths were attributed to the virus, according to the WHO. Next was the United States, which has 141 cases and one death.
CDC Image of the Virus
Common forms of greeting, such as handshakes and kisses on the cheek, are causing caution. In Mexico, the Ministry of Health is advising people to avoid shaking hands and kissing people as a greeting.
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Severe or persistent vomiting