H1N1 flu numbers rise this week with “intense activity” reported
June 20, 2009
The numbers are staggering. According to the World Health Organization , reported cases of H1N1 (swine flu) jumped from this week from 28,774 to 44,287, an increase of 64% or 15, 1513 cases in one week. Almost half, or 21,449, of those cases are in the U.S.
The CDC reports “…novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in parts of the U.S., in some cases with intense activity.”
The first novel H1N1 patient in the United States was confirmed by laboratory testing at CDC on April 15, 2009. Since the outbreak was first detected, an increasing number of U.S. states have reported cases of novel H1N1 influenza with associated hospitalizations and deaths. By June 3, 2009, all 50 states in the United States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were reporting cases of novel H1N1 infection.
No public statement has been given by U.S. officials since the flu was declared a pandemic on June 11.