Swine Flu: Public Health Emergency Declared, Homeland Security to Release 25% Tamiflu/Relenza Stockpiles

Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally.

Department of Health & Human Services is going to declare a “Health Emergency”
United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would like to term this “Health Emergency Preparedness.”

12.5 million doses of antiviral drugs (25% of Tamiflu/Relenza Stockpiles) are being shipped to access points across the nation for health care.

The current U.S. case count as of April 26, 2009 9:00 AM ET is provided below.

+++ U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection +++
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 8 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 20 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.
As of April 26, 2009 9:00 AM ET

Incubation for Swine Flu is 24 to 48 hours.

World Health Organization (WHO): “Swine flu could mutate to ‘more dangerous’ strain: WHO

CDC Confirms Swine Flu at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens …

More than 100 students at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens were suddenly hit with fever, sore throat and other aches and pains. Preliminary lab results came back positive for swine flu in eight tests. So far the New York cases are mild compared to what doctors are seeing in Mexico. About 80 people have died related to Swine Flue at the time of this posting at 12:12 PM CDT.

Investigators are also testing children who fell ill at a day care center in the Bronx, and clusters of sick kids recently turned up in Chappaqua, Westchester County and Amityville, Suffolk County.

Experts expect to see additional cases in more states. The unfolding of this event is being termed a “marathon” event.

Public health declaration is no where near a quarantine level. Authority for quarantines usually occurs at the state and local level.

Pandemic preparedness is underway.

The Bioterror Question …
Passive surveillance underway … bioterrorism is not suspected as of 12:08 PM CT.

For updated official information, see …
CDC.GOV
CDC.gov/swineflu
CDC.GOV Swine Flu Investigation
CDC.gov: Swine Flu: General Information