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From the El Paso health department:

May 11, 2009 – Test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed another H1N1 Flu case in El Paso County. As of today, we have 20 confirmed H1N1 Flu cases. The most recent case involves a 5-year-old child from East El Paso County. The number of probable cases is now at 45. All individuals associated with confirmed and probable cases are doing fine. They have all recovered without any complications. The cases in El Paso have been mild comparable in severity to the seasonal flu.

Again, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health remains committed to safeguarding the health of our citizens by continuing a heightened level surveillance of the new virus.

Our citizens are encouraged to stay informed and continue with basic public health practices, such as washing their hands frequently, covering their coughs, and staying home if they are sick.

The public may call 2-1-1 or visit the http://www.elpasotexas.gov and http://www.texasflu.org for more information about this new virus.

From the Pan American Health Organization:

As of 06:00 GMT, 12 May 2009,
30 countries have officially reported 5251 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection

Geneva/Washington, D.C., May 12, 2009 (PAHO/WHO) – Mexico has reported 2059 laboratory confirmed human
cases of infection, including 56 deaths. The United States has reported 2600 laboratory confirmed human cases,
including three deaths. Canada has reported 330 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has
reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths ‐ Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria
(1), Brazil (8), China (2, comprising 1 in China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and 1 in mainland China),
Colombia (3), Denmark (1), El Salvador (4), France (13), Germany (12), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9),
Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Norway (2), Panama (16), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3),
Spain (95), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (55).

WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

Individuals who are ill should delay travel plans and returning travelers who fall ill should seek appropriate medical care.
These recommendations are prudent measures which can limit the spread of many communicable diseases, including
influenza.

Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO web site on a regular basis.

Confirmed case counts, frequently asked questions, public health recommendations, and other information
on A/H1N1 influenza outbreaks are available at:

http://www.paho.org / http://www.who.int

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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  1. Italians are really beginning to panic as you can see by this
    Photo of supermarket pork section

    Regina

    May 13, 2009 at 7:17 am


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