Tuesday, April 28, 2009

#Swine Flu: No vaccine available, escalation of infection and severity probable

There is no vaccine available to prevent the specific strain now being seen, he said. However, there are antiflu drugs that do work once someone is sick.

SHOOT: More severe cases outside of Mexico are probably just a matter of time.
clipped from news.yahoo.com
CDC: 40 U.S. cases of swine flu
No deaths have been reported in the U.S, and only one hospitalization.
"I wouldn't be overly reassured by that," Besser told reporters at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta. He raised the possibility of more severe cases in the United States.

"We are taking it seriously and acting aggressively," Besser said. "Until the outbreak has progressed, you really don't know what it's going to do."

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Academy of Sciences in

The best way to keep the disease from spreading, he said, is by taking everyday precautions such as frequent handwashing, covering up coughs and sneezes and staying away from work or school if not feeling well.

Besser said that for now he'd prefer to focus on regular handwashing, and people "not giving that little kiss of greeting that they're used to right now."

"We don't want people to panic at this point," Wood said.

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