CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 5, 2009: The number of cases of swine flu has grown past the one thousands mark but the Caribbean is luckily not on the list of nations with reported cases.
The World Health Organization says as of late Monday, 21 countries have officially reported 1,085 cases of influenza A, the H1N1 infection or swine flu. None of the cases are in the Caribbean.
But the region remains on high alert, monitoring arrivals, especially from Mexico and completing testing of persons with flu-like symptoms at health facilities.
Mexico has reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The United States has reported 286 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
Canada has reported 101 cases, Spain, 54 and the UK has 18. Germany reported eight cases while New Zealand has six and Israel 4. El Salvador reported two as did Italy.
Austria, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and the Republic of Korea have all reported one each. Influenza A is a respiratory illness that is caused by the Influenza A virus. It is transmitted by human to human contact. The symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, headache and body aches and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be experienced.
The WHO is again warning all to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.