Swine flu: US confirms 11 cases
Swine flu: US confirms 11 cases, others suspected [The swine flu]
NEW YORK - Two cases of the human swine influenza have been confirmed in Kansas and one more in California, bringing the United States total to 11.
At least eight students at a New York City high school probably have swine flu also, but health officials don't know whether they have the same strain of the virus that has killed people in Mexico.
New York Governor David Paterson directed the state Department of Health to mobilise its infectious-diseases, epidemiology and disaster preparedness workers to monitor and respond to possible cases of the flu. He said 1500 courses of the antiviral Tamiflu had been sent to New York City.
Kansas health officials confirmed swine flu in a married couple living in the central part of the state after the husband visited Mexico. The couple's illnesses were described as mild.
At least nine swine flu cases have been reported in California and Texas. The new California case, the seventh there, was a 35-year-old woman who was hospitalised but recovered. The woman, whose illness began in early April, had no known contact with the other cases.
The 11 US swine flu victims range in age from 9 to over 50. All recovered or are recovering.
Health officials are worried because people appear to have no immunity to the virus. Also, the virus presents itself like other swine flus, but none of the US cases appears to involve direct contact with pigs. New York health officials said more than 100 students at St Francis Preparatory School had come down with a fever, sore throat and other aches and pains in the past few days. Some of their relatives also have been ill.
New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said nose and throat swabs had confirmed that eight students had a non-human strain of influenza type A, indicating probable cases of swine flu, but the exact subtypes were still not known.
Results of further tests were expected today.