The acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed community awareness and said the outbreak of 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, or swine flu, is still in the upswing of what we call the epidemic curve in a daily briefing. Richard Besser said at this point, we see ongoing transmission, we expect that to continue and urged handwashing, use of alcohol-based gels and called for the sick to remain at home as the outbreak continues to spread.
Earlier this week, the CDC revised its guidelines to no longer recommend dismissing school or closing childcare in communities where swine flu has been confirmed. The modified guidance calls for those with symptoms to remain away from schools or facilities during illness and recuperation.
As of Thursday, the agency reported 896 confirmed cases in more than 40 states and another 925 probable cases, with two deaths from the virus.