So, yesterday World Health Organisation raised their level of alertness from 3 (Phase indicating local spread) to Phase 4 (infected cases in few countries) and once we see the newly infected spreading in those other countries like it did in Mexico we will go to phase 5. And if the Trend holds on and spread to more countries with the same capacity of transmission we will be move to phase 6 which means a full blown pandemic.
These Phase are Responses to the evolution of a virus. National or National Bloc can use responses as they please and there are many measures that implies all citizens and institutions.
All School closed and no mass gathering in Mexico for at least until next Monday, or like in Raleigh, N.C. where the state's health director said Monday afternoon that there are suspected cases of swine flu in North Carolina, but declined to say how many cases or where they were located.
Dr. Jeffrey Engel said Monday evening that officials are involuntarily isolating patients who may have the virus. He declined to specifically say how many suspected cases were in the state, noting that the number is always changing, and he declined to say where they were located.
SO, after a wrap-up of new I will try to focus on all what this means for individuals.
Swine Flu News Recap: April 27, 2009
Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 22:28:44 PM EDT
WHO raises pandemic alert level to Phase 4
New confirmed human cases in Mexico, Spain, Scotland and United States (CA, NY, TX)
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From AlohaOR :: Swine Flu News Recap: April 27, 2009
World Health Organization
In a meeting that was originally scheduled for tomorrow, the WHO raised the pandemic alert phase from 3 to 4 (WHO website).
All schools in the country were ordered closed until May 6 (AP). The Chihuahua state government canceled all public gatherings, including fairs, parades and sporting events, and ordered night clubs closed (diario.com).
Latest reports of case numbers from Mexico include:
Suspected cases: 1384 (Apr. 26)
Confirmed deaths: 20 (AP)
Suspected deaths: 129 (AP)
Cases have been reported in the following states of Mexico on (Apr. 27):
Edomex (Mexico state),
Federal District (Mexico City),
San Luis Potosi,
Zacatecas (Apr. 27).
Swine Flu symptoms are now being reported throughout New Zealand from Auckland to Otago, including a number of Air New Zealand crew members (3news.co).
Three people from Northcote College who recently returned from Mexico tested negative for swine flu (3news.co).
Two tourists back from Mexico with some flu-like symptoms tested negative for swine flu (aftenposten.no).
A 23M from the southeastern province of Albacete has tested positive for the virus and 17 people are under investigation, the Spanish health ministry has said (BBC).
A Canadian woman visiting friends in Sale (south of Manchester) is being treated as a suspected swine flu case (eadt.co).
Eight people with flu-like symptoms tested negative; three patients are undergoing specialist testing and another 14 are being monitored at home (telegraph.co).
A couple believed to be from Falkirk in Central Scotland have been confirmed positive for swine flu; 22 people who had come into contact with the pair since their return from Mexico last week have also been tested, with seven of them showing flu-like symptoms (dailymail.co).
A 20M was confirmed positive for swine flu, becoming the fifth confirmed case in San Diego County (sdcountry.ca.gov). Christ the Cornerstone Academy in Mira Mesa, where a previously-confirmed swine flu patient was a student, was closed after six teachers became ill (kpbs.org).
Two young siblings in Lowell are being tested for swine flu after they got sick during a vacation to Mexico (Boston Herald).
34F from Livingston County is a "probable" swine flu case (wwlp.com).
New Jersey health officials say they've identified five probable cases of swine flu; four recently traveled to Mexico and one recently traveled to California (ktla.com).
Twenty-eight students from St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows (Queens) have been confirmed positive for swine flu (AP).
Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the state health director, said that officials are involuntarily isolating patients who may have the swine flu virus, but declined to identify the number or location of the suspected cases (hamptonroads.com).
Newberry Academy, a private school in Newberry, has closed after some students returned from Mexico with flu-like symptoms (wrdw.com).
Richardson Independent School District officials closed Canyon Creek Elementary School for the rest of the week after one student tested positive for the swine flu virus; two other students at the school are being tested, with one listed as a probable case and the other as a suspected case; the Graham Cracker Express in Richardson also canceled classes (wfaa.com).
Two more cases were confirmed in Dallas County, including a 24yo and a 3-month old infant (wfaa.com). Tarrant County also has one confirmed case (wfaa.com).
State Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Remley has declared a public health emergency to respond to the swine flu; no cases have been confirmed in the state (wrva.com).
Three suspected cases of swine flu were reported in SE Wisconsin: one in Franklin and two in Elmbrook (todaystmjf.com).