2 Cases Confirmed In Kansas… 8 Students In New York City Probably Have Flu… Other Cases Have Been Reported In Texas, California… Mexico May Isolate Flu Patients, Inspect Homes… As Many As 68 Killed In Mexico… More Than 1,000 Sickened… WHO Chief: Swine Flu Has “Pandemic Potential”
This is what we get for treating animals so badly. Everyone was so worried about an avian flu pandemic. Now perhaps a swineflu has sneaked in?
NEW YORK — At least two cases of the human swine influenza have been confirmed in Kansas, bringing the U.S. total to 11. At least eight more are suspected in students at a New York City high school, but health officials say they don’t know whether they have the same virus that has killed scores of people in Mexico. A strain of the flu has killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1,000 across Mexico. The World Health Organization chief says the strain has “pandemic potential” and it may be too late to contain a sudden outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says besides the two confirmed cases in Kansas, there are nine in California and Texas. Samples from New York have been sent to the CDC for more testing. Results are expected Sunday. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below. NEW YORK (AP) _ At least eight students at a New York City high school probably have human swine influenza, but health officials said Saturday they don’t know for sure whether they have the same virus that has killed scores of people in Mexico. At least two cases of the flu have been confirmed in Kansas. A strain of the flu has killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1,000 across Mexico. The World Health Organization chief said Saturday the strain has “pandemic potential” and it may be too late to contain a sudden outbreak. New York health officials said more than 100 students at the private St. Francis Preparatory School, in Queens, had come down with a fever, sore throat and other aches and pains in the past few days. Some of their relatives have also been ill.