The United States has declared a public health emergency over the recent swine flu outbreak.
Wired PR News – The United States has declared a public health emergency over the recent outbreak of the swine flu. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the emergency was declared on Sunday following the reporting of 20 cases of the same strain in the U.S. that has caused the deaths of several people in Mexico. The cases that have so far been found in five states in the U.S. including Texas, New York, Ohio, Kansas, and California however, are reportedly not as severe.
Dr. Richard Besser with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is quoted in the report as stating, “As we continue to look for cases, we are going to see a broader spectrum of disease… We’re going to see more severe disease in this country.” Steps to be taken by the government to lesson the potential impact of the epidemic include increasing the availability of the drug Tamiflu for easier access for states.
Photo Credit: Eneas De Troya from Mexico City, México