Monday, May 4, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Virus Continues to Spread

The H1N1 flu virus (AKA: Swine Flu) is continuing its journey around the world. The CDC this morning confirmed that the virus is now present in 21 different countries claiming 984 confirmed cases of the virus.

On the bright side, there have been no more deaths associated with the H1N1 Influenza A virus other than the 25 deaths reported in Mexico, and the death of one Mexican toddler in Texas.

Several countries are taking extreme measures to prevent the spread of the H1N1 Influenza A virus. A Hong Kong hotel made the choice to quarantine all guests after 1 man at the hotel was diagnosed with H1N1 Influenza A. Officials in Egypt made the call to slaughter ALL pigs in the country, even though there have been no cases of the H1N1 Influenza A virus reported in the country.

The thought of a global pandemic does make many people uneasy and extra cautious in the wake of the Swine Flu spread. Hand sanitizer, tissues and antibacterial soaps are flying off the shelves at stores and children are yanked out of school at the mere mention of Swine Flu.

Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds (try singing Happy Birthday to mark the time) with warm water and soap, don't share drinks/food, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then throw it away!) or the inside of your elbow and stay home from work and school if you are feeling any flu-like symptoms. Let us not forget that proper hygiene and smart thinking are the way that we as humans should always behave, not just during outbreaks.

Keep in mind that every year the seasonal flu kills 36,000 people in the United States alone.

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