Here is your swine flu update. I am still trying to locate the information that was scrubbed about the 3 avian flu viruses found in Canada in 2005, and will keep you updated as to the condition of the infected pigs in said country. DO NOT get complacent. The amount of morphing this little bastard can do between now and September is mind boggling. Whether this form of H1N1 was formulated in a lab as some scientists are saying, or naturally occurring is moot; it is going to mutate and jump with possible devastating and lethal results.
The CDC is reporting that this mild form of swine flu is spreading faster than their ability to count, and that what they are seeing right now is the tip of the iceberg.
Confirmed cases are only the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ health official says
Swine flu is spreading so far and fast in the U.S. that state health officials may soon stop counting individual cases, a federal health official said Monday.
The novel H1N1 virus accounted for 40 percent of flu viruses logged in the U.S. in the past week and helped propel an uptick in overall flu-like illnesses, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I think the cases we’re confirming are the tip of the iceberg here,” Schuchat said in a press briefing Monday.
The CDC has confirmed more than 2,000 cases in 43 states and Washington D.C., with 94 hospitalizations and three deaths. Another 700 cases are suspected. Although the flu is spreading quickly, it remains relatively mild in the U.S., say health officials.
“They tell us for sure this virus is circulating throughout the United States and it’s likely to be in every state,” Schuchat said, adding: “It’s a time when we really need to guard against complacency as we move to a new normal.”