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Where are you, swine flu?

Saturday, May 2, 2009 | 4:18 p.m. CDT

Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and government officials:

  • Deaths: 16 confirmed in Mexico and one confirmed in the U.S., a 21-month-old boy from Mexico who died in Texas.
  • Confirmed sickened worldwide, 746: 443 in Mexico; 179 in the U.S.; 82 in Canada; 15 in Spain; 13 in Britain; six in Germany; four in New Zealand; two in Israel, France and South Korea; one each in Costa Rica, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong, Denmark and the Netherlands.
  • U.S. confirmed cases: New York 50; Texas 28; California 24; South Carolina 13; Massachusetts eight; New Jersey seven; Maine six; Arizona four; Delaware four; Wisconsin three; Ohio three; Indiana three; Illinois three; Kansas two; Colorado two; Virginia two; Michigan two; Connecticut two; Florida two; New Hampshire one; Utah one; Iowa one; Kentucky one; Missouri one; Minnesota one; Nebraska one; Nevada one.
  • U.S. Education Department said Friday that more than 430 schools had closed, affecting about 245,000 children in 18 states.
  • Mexicans on Friday began a forced five-day holiday to curb the spread of swine flu.
  • WHO says it will stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over danger posed by pigs, and will instead refer to the virus by its scientific name: "H1N1 influenza A."
  • The leader of an international team helping Mexico face down the swine flu outbreak said it should soon learn whether the epidemic is stabilizing. President Barack Obama voiced hope Friday that the virus might turn out to be no more harmful than average seasonal flu.
  • Airlines have reduced or canceled service to Mexico.
  • Singapore announced a weeklong quarantine for anyone arriving from Mexico. A Hong Kong hotel was sealed after a Mexican tourist who recently arrived fell ill with a confirmed case of swine flu.

 


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