Map above, courtesy of CDC. Number of U.S. human cases of H1N1 flu as of 8 a.m. May 14, at 4,298 cases with 47 states reporting. Washington state shows 195 cases.
 
 
The number of cases of A(H1N1) flu in the United States and the region continues to expand. At 8 a.m. Thursday, May 14, the national count was at 4,298, up from 1,639 cases six days earlier, with three deaths.
 
In Washington state, the number has grown from 33 on May 8, to 195 on May 14.
 
Earlier in the week, WSU’s Health & Wellness Services received 96 Tamiflu treatments and 32 Relenza treatments from the state’s Department of Health. “There are very specific circumstances in which these medications can be used,” said Paula M. Adams,
communication coordinator for HWS.  “We will be audited monthly on use and documentation.”
 
The national Center for Disease Control, on it’s website, states that it’s “uncertain at this time how severe this novel H1N1 outbreak will be in terms of illness and death compared with other influenza viruses.

“Because this is a new virus, most people will not have immunity to it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against this novel H1N1 virus.”

The CDC anticipates that there will be more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths associated with this new virus in the coming days and weeks.

The World Health Organization, WHO, reported on Thursday that 33 countries have officially reported 6,497 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 2,446 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 60 deaths. Canada has reported 389 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (8), China (4), Colombia (7), Cuba (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (4), Finland (2), France (14), Germany (12), Guatemala (3), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Norway (2), Panama (29), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (100), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1), Thailand (2), and the United Kingdom (71).