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Flu cases multipy as testing equipment is delivered

 
A (H1N1) Cases as of 8 a.m. May 7
896 confirmed cases in 41 states
 
 
General safety measures

 
*  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the used tissue in the trash.
 
Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners should also be used between hand-washings.
 
*  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
 
*  Try to avoid close contact with those who are ill. Maintain a distance of three feet whenever possible.
 
*  Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through the coughing or sneezing of infected people.
 
*  If you become ill, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that you stay home from work or school and limit your contact with others.

The number of confirmed cases of A(H1N1) swine flu in the United States has multiplied over the past two days as the CDC has been delivering testing equipment throughout the nation. 

 
In Washington state the number jumped from nine cases on Tuesday, May 5, to 23 today. During the same period,  the number of cases more than doubled nationally, going from 403 on Tuesday to 896 today. No cases have been reported at WSU or in Whitman County.
 
The CDC said it “expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks.”
 
The CDC has developed a diagnostic test kit to detect the A(H1N1) virus and has distributed test kits to all states in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The test kits are being shipped internationally as well. This will allow states and other countries to test for this new virus. This increase in testing capacity is likely to result in an increase in the number of reported confirmed cases in this country, which should provide a more accurate picture of the burden of disease in the United States.
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) this morning reported that 23 countries officially have reported 2,099 cases.
 
Mexico accounts for more than half of the cases with 1,112 confirmed infections, including 42 deaths.
 
Worldwide News
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For up-to-the-minute news on the A(H1N1) flu outbreak worldwide, go to the WSU Today news news search and RSS feed page. Click the flolliwng link OR the link in the left-hand navigation bar title “Flu Update.”

The following countries have reported laboratory-confirmed cases with no deaths – Austria (1), Canada (201), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (5), Germany (9), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (5), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (73), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (28).

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