[health-vn] INFLUENZA A(H1N1) CASES NOW REPORTED IN 33 COUNTRIES, SAYS UN HEALTH AGENCY
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Subject: INFLUENZA A(H1N1) CASES NOW REPORTED IN 33 COUNTRIES, SAYS UN HEALTH AGENCY
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 19:00:13 -0400
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INFLUENZA A(H1N1) CASES NOW REPORTED IN 33 COUNTRIES, SAYS UN HEALTH AGENCY
New York, May 13 2009 7:00PM
The United Nations World Health Organization
(<"http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html">WHO) said today that
33 countries have reported 5,728 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1)
infection as of today, with Cuba, Finland and Thailand the latest to join the list.
Mexico has reported 2,059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection,
including 56 deaths, while the United States has reported 3,009 cases, including
In addition, Cuba, Finland and Thailand have now been added to the list of
countries that have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths.
Dr. Sylvie Briand of WHO’s Global Influenza Programme told reporters in Geneva
that several things about the virus are already known, including that the virus
transmits easily and that most of the cases are mild and don’t require treatment.
“However, we know also that there will be severe cases in people with underlying
conditions, but also probably in young, healthy adults,” she added.
“What we are trying to do at the moment is gather as much information as
possible on the virus and to provide this information to countries so that they
can assess their level of vulnerability and then put in place interventions that
are needed to fight this disease,” Dr. Briand stated.
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