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Will Influenza A (H1N1) Threaten the World?

Written By David D'Angelo on Thursday, May 21, 2009 | 5/21/2009

As intrigues about Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili rages on and as various suicide bombers and imminent threat of war and chaos endanger the world there is one very serious question to ask... "Will Influenza A (H1N1) be an imminent danger to mankind?" Last May 3, 2009 there were around 800 affected by the disease and now nearly 20 days after there were more than 11,000 affected. There were also reports that the virus could mutate and could even become deadlier as time passes by. Experts and scientists are working together to develop an effective vaccine for the virus although this might also take some time. Below are updates regarding Influenza A (H1N1).

As of 06:00 GMT, 21 May 2009, 41 countries have officially reported 11,034 cases Influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 85 deaths. The number of newly confirmed cases worldwide has increased by 791 since the last reporting period.

Mexico has reported 3892 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 75 deaths. The United States has reported 5710 laboratory confirmed human cases, including eight deaths. Canada has reported 719 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported 20 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

Australia has also reported a number of cases but, as in New Zealand, all of these cases so far have been linked to overseas travel.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Argentina (1), Australia (3), Austria (1), Belgium (5), Brazil (8), Chile (5), China (8), Colombia (12), Cuba (4), Denmark (1), Ecuador (1), El Salvador (6), Finland (2), France (16), Germany (14), Greece (1), Guatemala (4), India (1), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (10), Japan (259), Malaysia (2), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (9), Norway (3), Panama (69), Peru (3), Poland (2), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (111), Sweden (3), Switzerland (1), Thailand (2), Turkey (2), and the United Kingdom (109).

Regular updates on the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak are available on the WHO website on a regular basis (www.who.int ).

This information can be attributed to Dr Darren Hunt, Deputy Director of Public Health.

Map of the spread of Influenza A(H1N1): number of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths [jpg 616kb]
As of 06:00 GMT, 21 May 2009

Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)


CountryCumulative total
Newly confirmed since the last reporting period

CasesDeathsCasesDeaths
Argentina10 0 0
Australia30 20
Austria10 0 0
Belgium50 0 0
Brazil80 0 0
Canada71912230
Chile50 0 0
China80 10
Colombia120 0 0
Costa Rica201110
Cuba40 10
Denmark10 0 0
Ecuador10 0 0
El Salvador60 0 0
Finland20 0 0
France160 10
Germany140 0 0
Greece10 0 0
Guatemala40 10
India10 0 0
Ireland10 0 0
Israel70 0 0
Italy100 10
Japan2590 490
Korea, Republic of30 0 0
Malaysia20 0 0
Mexico3892752443
Netherlands30 0 0
New Zealand90 0 0
Norway30 10
Panama690 40
Peru30 0 0
Poland20 0 0
Portugal10 0 0
Spain1110 40
Sweden30 0 0
Switzerland10 0 0
Thailand20 0 0
Turkey20 0 0
United Kingdom1090 70
United States of America571082412
Grand Total11034857915

Cumulative and new figures are subject to revision




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