No Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Peru

by Captain Bill

No Swine Flu in Peru as of May 1, 2009

The Swine Flu Influenza A(H1N1) virus that has infected 109 humans in the United States, including 1 death, 156 in Mexico, including 9 deaths, 1 in Austria, 34 in Canada, 3 in Germany, 2 in Israel, 1 in the Netherlands, 3 in New Zealand, 13 in Spain, 1 in Switzerland and 8 in the United Kingdom, has not surfaced in Peru or any other South American country as of May 1, 2009 according to the World Health Organization. The current alert level for swine flu was raised by the World Health Organization to phase 5, only one level below the threshold warning of a pandemic outbreak.

The United States Government has declared a public health emergency in the United States. The Center for Disease Control has issued a travel advisory to “avoid non essential travel to Mexico.”

Today, May 1, 2009, Living in Peru reports that “the Argentine woman whose illness was reported as the first swine flu case in Peru, does not in fact carry the H1N1 swine flu virus, and that Peru is still free of swine flu,” according to Peru’s Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte. Living in Peru goes on to quote Loreto’s Regional Director of Health, Carlos Manrique, “that the American citizen from Japanese descent Howard Hiroshi Ocawayashi, who had been under medical observation for some days, is not carrying the swine flu virus.”

My message to the irresponsible reporters who are throwing around the phrase “imminent pandemic outbreak of swine flu“. Please stop! Sensationalizing this admittedly serious health problem needlessly scares innocent people, and hurts the world economy. Stop sensationalizing this story.

No Swine Flu in Peru as of May 1, 2009

Bill Grimes, Dawn on the Amazon

This article is an update of No Swine Flu in Peru.

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