• Deaths: 16 confirmed in Mexico and one confirmed in US, a 23-month-old boy from Mexico who died in Texas.
• Confirmed sickened worldwide, 653: 397 in Mexico; 155 in US; 51 in Canada; 13 in Spain and Britain; four each in Germany and New Zealand; two in Israel and France; one each in Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong, South Korea, Denmark and the Netherlands. Mexico is no longer releasing “suspected” numbers; the number of suspected cases was 2,498 before the tally was halted.
• The World Health Organization increases its tally of confirmed swine flu cases around the world to 331 from 257.
• Asia has two confirmed cases of swine flu in Hong Kong and South Korea. Hong Kong’s leader confirmed the case — a Mexican citizen who developed a fever after arriving in Hong Kong via Shanghai on Thursday. South Korea confirmed the disease in a 51-year-old woman who recently returned from a trip to Mexico. The country has one other suspected case. Other Asian countries also have suspected cases.
• Danish authorities confirm the Nordic region’s first case of swine flu, in a person who arrived from New York. The manager of the state laboratory believes it to be the first case in Europe to have been contracted in the United States.
• German officials confirm the country’s first case of human-to-human transmission, that of a 42-year-old female nurse who contracted the disease from a patient recently returned from Mexico.
• British officials report two cases of human-to-human transmission — one in Scotland where a 24-year-old tested positive for the virus after contact with a man who contracted swine flu on his honeymoon in Mexico. The other lives in England.
• France reports its first two confirmed cases of swine flu and is monitoring a third case.
• Mexico City’s streets, normally filled on Labor Day with throngs of celebrating workers, were eerily quiet as Mexicans began a forced five-day holiday to curb the spread of swine flu.
• Concern arises that swine flu may have spread to West Africa, though no cases are confirmed. The public health minister of Benin reports that a person who arrived April 20 from Mexico is suspected of having the disease. The patient’s nationality is not released.
• WHO says it will stop using the term “swine flu” to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. It will instead refer to the virus by its scientific name, “H1N1 influenza A.”
• Hollywood studios have delayed plans to kick off the summer movie season in Mexico. Actors who had plans to promote films in the country, such as Hugh Jackman and Miley Cyrus, are also staying away for now.
• The U.S. government comes out against closing the US-Mexico border. Vice President Joe Biden says it would be “a monumental undertaking” with limited benefit.
• Continental Airlines Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. said they will reduce service to Mexico. JetBlue Airways Corp. canceled about a dozen flights over the next month to Cancun because they weren’t full enough.
• Public health emergency declared in the United States.
information as of May 2 2009 from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization
As of today, there are no reported cases of swine flu or the H1N1 influenza A here in the Philippines. Hog Farmers here in Batangas should not be alarmed, as long as your farms are well maintained and sanitized and pigs’ health is always monitored, there is no way for us to catch or to develop the said virus.
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