|Update. Influenza A (H1N1) Regional Report (17 May 2009)|
The data and information of this report are updated daily and are available at: http://new.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1&lang=en
Data can change as new notifications from countries are received.
The information is obtained from official websites of the Ministries of Health of the countries of the Americas and information submitted by the International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Points.
Up to 17 May 2009, 8.409 confirmed cases of the new virus influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 74 deaths, have been notified in 14 countries of the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United States.
The date of the onset of symptoms of the first confirmed case was 28 March 2009 in the United States.
WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus. Individuals who are ill should delay travel plans and returning travelers who fall ill should seek appropriate medical care.
These recommendations are prudent measures which can limit the spread of many communicable diseases, including Influenza.
Until 23 h GMT; 18 h EST of 17 May 2009, the number of countries around the world with confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) increased to 40. In the Americas Region, Chile notified its first confirmed case. A 32 year old female patient that arrived from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at 3:40 AM after switching airplanes in Panama. The patient is receiving the required health care and the measures required to halt outbreak are being taken.
In other Regions the countries with first confirmed cases are Malaysia (2); India (1) and Turkey (1).
Continuing surveillance activities must be intensified.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization