By Robert Strenge, WSU News
PULLMAN, Wash. – With spring semester classes resuming this week amid reports of increasing influenza activity across the country, health officials at Washington State University are urging returning students to practice good health habits and get a seasonal flu vaccination.
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.
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U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 5, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
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Swine flu (H1N1) cases have doubled in the United States since May 1, from 141 confirmed cases to 286, with one death. Although there are 35 suspected cases of swine flu in Washington state, there are still none that have been “laboratory confirmed.”
One case was confirmed today in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
During the past several days, truckloads of medication (Relenza® and Tamiflu®) and other medical supplies ( masks, gowns, and other medical supplies) have arrived in numerous locations throughout Washington state, according to the Washington state
Department of Health
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Washington State Department of Health announced Wednesday evening that six “probable cases of swine flu” have been identified in the state — three in King County, two in Snohomish County and one in Spokane County.
Having testing multiple flu samples since Monday, the DOH is now sending “six samples it could not positively subtype to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further testing.”
U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu
(CDC, April 30, 2009, 10:30 AM ET)
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PULLMAN — A vital part of the mission of WSU’s School for Global Animal Health is to conduct heightened surveillance for diseases that occur at the interface of humans and animals. As a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, Washington’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has prepared for heightened surveillance and testing during the current outbreak of swine influenza.
“Our laboratory is ready to conduct heightened surveillance for the human H1N1, the so-called swine flu virus, if it occurs in animals,” said Terry McElwain a professor in the School for Global Animal Heath and executive director of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. “As part … » More …
No cases of swine flu have been detected in Washington state, according to a press release by the state’s Department of Health, and the risk of exposure is currently low.
Both the Department of Health and the national Centers for Disease Control have issued several press releases on the swine flu outbreak and posted informational Web pages regarding the situation.
As of this morning, the CDC had identified approximately 40 cases of swine flu nationwide, with no identified cases in the state of Washington.
Although the risk of people of contracting the swine flu in Pullman is low, WSU’s Pandemic/Contagious Disease Group is monitoring the … » More …
Health and Wellness has diagnosed more than 50 cases of influenza throughout the week, and there are likely many more cases out there, said Dr. Bruce Wright, director of Health and Wellness Services.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe sickness. “We have been very busy the last three weeks treating people with flu-like symptoms,” Wright said.Flu symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose and sore throat, Wright said. This seems to be an increase in influenza from previous years, Wright said.The main … » More …
Hundreds of undocumented chickens live in Seattle, a clucking time bomb planted right in the urban core that poses just as great a risk for deadly bird flu as any rural chicken should the severe Asian strain of avian influenza ever finds its way to this region. All bird owners need to educate themselves how best to protect themselves and their animals. Basically, it involves specific hygiene practices, restricting access to the birds and aggressive reporting of ill birds to officials.”Biosecurity is the best method of controlling these diseases,” said Dr. A. Singh Dhillon, director of the avian health laboratory at the Puyallup branch of … » More …