PA Has Fourth Probable Case of Swine Flu

In a joint press release today, The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and the Montgomery County Health Department reported the state’s fourth probable case of swine influenza. Currently, Pennsylvania does not have any confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1, as they are awaiting confirmation from CDC

The case occurred in a 31-year-old male in Bridgeport who became ill on or around April 27. The patient arrived from Mexico days prior to reporting signs and symptoms of influenza-like illness to a local clinic.

The press release details the steps to take in order to prevent spreading this illness to others.  You would be well-advised to share it with your employees.  It also provides a link to a site for on-going information regarding swine influenza in PA.

According to the CDC web page devoted to the H1N1 Influenza (a/k/a Swine Flu), there have thus far been 109 confirmed cases in the U.S. with 1 death.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a web page devoted to tracking this global outbreak.  Worldwide, 11 countries have officially reported 331 confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Austria (1), Canada (34), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).

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