The Outbreak Continues
A health care worker taking the temperature of a passenger boarding an airplane in Taiwan.
Although the numbers are rapidly climbing, the WHO has not yet declared the Swine Flu a pandemic.
So far, there have been 149 deaths due to the Swine Flu in Mexico, where 1,995 victims of this flu have been hospitalized. All schools in Mexico have been closed until May 6th.
The CDC reports, as of 1pm EST on Monday, that there have been 40 confirmed cases in the US., mostly in New York City and Southern California.
The Swine Flu is a type of Influenza A that contains a combination of genetic material from birds, pigs, and humans. What makes this recent outbreak so dangerous is that it appears to be spread from human to human.
The USDA has assured the public that it is still safe to continue to eat pork.
Hand washing remains one of the most important means of infection control. In addition, the Mexican government is warning its citizens not to kiss or shake hands upon greeting.
A young girl taking precautions on the streets of Mexico City.