CDC confirms 91 swine flu cases in 10 states, first U.S. death;
Healthy practices recommended
The outbreak of disease in people caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin continues to grow in the U.S. and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional confirmed human infections, hospitalizations and the nation’s first fatality from this outbreak.
The more recent illnesses and the reported death suggest that a pattern of more severe illness associated with this virus may be emerging in the U.S. Most people will not have immunity to this new virus and, as it continues to spread, more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths are expected in the coming days and weeks.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
· Stay informed. This website will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
· Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
Take everyday actions to stay healthy
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.
CDC implements emergency response plan
The agency’s goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by the new virus.
Yesterday, CDC issued new interim guidance for clinicians on how to care for children and pregnant women who may be infected with this virus. Young children and pregnant women are two groups of people who are at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza.
In addition, CDC’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) continues to send antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to all 50 states and U.S. territories to help them respond to the outbreak. The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated guidance and new information as it becomes available.
As of 11:00 AM ET on April 29, 2009, CDC has confirmed 91 human cases of swine flu in 10 states and 1 death:
New York: 51
Texas: 16 (1 death)
This information recently has been updated
International human cases of swine flu infection
For information about investigation into cases outside the United States, see the World Health Organization Web site .
For more information on what you can to stay safe and healthy, check the CDC Swine Flu Web site
Additional updates on the CDC swine flu Web site
To learn about other updates made to the CDC Swine Flu Website in the past 24 hours, please check the "What's New" page on the CDC Swine Flu Web site.
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