The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 40 cases of swine influenza A in the U.S. and is aware of one hospitalization related to the virus, acting CDC Director Richard Besser, M.D., told reporters. Saying that the agency continues to approach the investigation of swine flu aggressively, Besser said that the CDC has confirmed 26 cases in Mexico, which he said is a small fraction of what theyre seeing.
According to the Associated Press, the suspected death toll in Mexico is more than 140 people. In the U.S., cases have been confirmed in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, Besser said. The most recent increase in the number of cases was in New York City.
It matters less what we call this than what actions we take, Besser said, adding that now is the time for shared responsibility among individuals, schools, businesses and communities. Besser also said that as the agency continues to investigate, he expects to see more cases. Meanwhile, the CDC continues to offer guidance on swine flu on its Web site.