Friday, May 15, 2009

Swine Flu just getting started.

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The swine flu continues to spread demonstrating an erratic pattern of breakout. The numbers of infected continue to climb in New York and the 5th death from the H1N1 influenza has been reported in Texas. MSNBC reports that “officials don't know why the virus is spreading more rapidly than traditional influenza.”

The CDC has said repeatedly that there would be more deaths and new cases, and that the strain was still on the upswing in the U.S. Texas on Friday reported the nation's fifth swine flu death. The H1N1 virus has been confirmed in more than 4,700 people in United States and nearly 8,000 worldwide.

It is very important to continue practicing safeguards such as hand washing, covering ones mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoiding contact with those who may be ill. Dr. Isaac Weisfuse, a deputy commissioner of the health department, said investigators are trying to learn more about why the disease has spread erratically.

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