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Health officials worldwide Monday worked to contain what they said appears to be a spreading outbreak of swine flu from Mexico, the presumed epicenter. In Mexico City, one of every five residents wore masks to protect themselves against the virus, CNN reported. As many as 103 deaths in Mexico had been blamed on swine flu, the country's health minister said.
In response to what many medical experts believe could be the emergence of a global pandemic, health officials in the US have declared a public health emergency effective Sunday, as 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed on American soil.
Although the current cases of U.S. swine flu are mild, the public should prepare for additional cases and possible fatalities, a health official said. Dr.
Federal health officials have confirmed 11 human cases of swine flu in the United States -- seven in California, two in Texas and two in Kansas. In Mexico, as of Sunday, 81 deaths were deemed likely linked to the new strain of the virus with more than 1,300 reported ill, CNN reported, noting 22 students and three teachers in Zealand, who returned from a trip to Mexico, may be infected with the virus. Canada, South Korea and Japan have issued travel notices or tightened restrictions to brace...
A swine flu virus that has killed at least 68 people in Mexico has the potential to become a pandemic, international health officials said Saturday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday that the new strain of swine flu that has already killed 68 people in Mexico has the potential to become pandemic.
Health officials reported Tuesday that two children in California had been infected with a previously unidentified strain of swine flu. Medical experts remain unsure as to what percentage of the population may be susceptible to infection.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test for detecting influenza A/H5N1 -- a subtype of the avian virus that can infect humans. The test -- The AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test' -- detects influenza A/H5N1 in throat or nose swabs collected from patients who have flu-like symptoms.
Ninety years after Australian scientists began their race to stop the spread of Spanish flu in Australia, University of Melbourne researchers are hoping records from the 1918 epidemic may hold the key to preventing future deadly pandemic outbreaks.
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