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Swine Flu Outbreak From Mexico to New Zealand: Timeline
By Simeon Bennett and Kanoko Matsuyama
May 11 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a timeline of the outbreak of swine flu, a virus that normally infects pigs and causes seasonal flu-like symptoms such as fever and coughing.
The virus has been detected in people in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China (Hong Kong), Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.
The spread of the pathogen, formally known as H1N1, has prompted health officials worldwide to screen travelers and stockpile medicines such as Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu.
May 10: Swine flu killed a man in Washington state, the third U.S. death from the virus. American scientists said the pathogen lacks the lethal genetic traits of the virus responsible for the 1918 pandemic or the H5N1 bird flu virus that’s killed more than half of those infected. Norway reported its first case as the World Health Organization said 4,379 cases were confirmed in 29 nations, not including Norway.
May 9: Costa Rica became the fourth nation to report a swine flu-related death, as Japan and Australia confirmed their first cases, all in people who had traveled to Canada or the U.S. The WHO said the virus spread to 3,440 people in 29 countries worldwide. Mexico confirmed 48 deaths among 1,626 cases, as confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to 1,639, with two deaths.
May 8: Canada reported its first death linked to swine flu in a 30-year-old woman with “pre-existing medical conditions.” Hong Kong released 351 people after a week-long quarantine, including 286 from the downtown Metropark Hotel. The WHO said 2,500 infections had been confirmed worldwide, as Panama reported its first case and nine other nations added new cases. Brazil reported its first case of human-to-human transmission. Health ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said the WHO should review its criteria for declaring influenza pandemics to include the severity of illness a virus causes as well as its transmissibility. China said it aims to stockpile antivirals for 1 percent of its population.
May 7: The WHO said swine flu may affect at least one-third of the world’s 6 billion people within the next year. Israel confirmed the country’s sixth case and South Korea confirmed its third. Brazil confirmed four cases and Argentina one, both their first cases. Spain’s cases rose to 88 from 81. Total swine-flu cases in the U.S. reached 896, with the number in Illinois growing to 204. Mexico confirmed 1,204 cases including 44 deaths. The Netherlands reported its second case. Hong Kong released 34 people, mostly passengers on the same flight from Mexico as an infected man, after seven days of quarantine.
May 6: Guatemala, Poland and Sweden confirmed their first cases, bringing the number of countries infected to 24. Mexico confirmed 42 deaths and 1,112 swine flu illnesses. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. jumped to 642; Illinois had the most cases with 122, followed by New York with 97. The U.K. reported a total of 32 cases with an additional four cases associated with travel to Mexico. Brazil reported 26 suspected cases. Indonesia reported its first suspected case.
May 5: Swine flu killed its first U.S. resident, a 33-year- old school teacher from Texas, and new infections in Europe brought the WHO to the verge of declaring a pandemic. Mexico raised its death toll to 29 from 26, and said the outbreak may cut gross domestic product by 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent this year. Canada confirmed 140 infections, up from 101, including its first “severe” case. South Korea, New Zealand and Italy added new cases, though no nations were added to the list of those where the virus has been detected. Health authorities in the U.S. said schools shouldn’t close unless so many students or teachers get sick that the institutions can’t function, reversing earlier advice.
May 4: The WHO said swine flu spread to more than 1,000 people in 21 nations worldwide, as El Salvador and Portugal confirmed their first cases. Mexico raised its death toll to 26, even as it lowered its health alert one level to orange from red and Health Minister Jose Cordova said the nation will start reopening government offices, businesses, universities and schools from May 6. The nation also sent a plane to China to pick up citizens who had been quarantined there because of swine flu concerns.
May 3: Mexico raised its death toll to 22 and said 590 people have been infected. Cordova said the nation’s outbreak had peaked and was in decline. In the U.S., the virus spread to 226 people in 30 states. Colombia, Ireland and Italy confirmed their first cases and South Korea added a second “probable” case.
May 2: South Korea confirmed its first cases, bringing the number of countries with definite infections to 15. Six other nations reported more cases to the WHO, including among people who hadn’t traveled to Mexico. Canada reported the world’s first case of the virus jumping to pigs from a human, probably after a farm worker in Alberta province became ill during a trip to Mexico. Mexico said citizens had been quarantined in “unacceptable conditions” in China without having shown flu symptoms. China said the measures were necessary.
May 1: Hong Kong confirmed its first case, prompting the government to declare a public health emergency and cordon off the hotel where he was staying. France and Denmark also confirmed their first cases. Japan and South Korea both found suspected cases.To contact the reporters on this story: Simeon Bennett in Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.org; Kanoko Matsuyama in Tokyo at email@example.com
Last Updated: May 11, 2009 00:59 EDT
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