The H1N1 Flu (Actual) Pandemic of Aught-Nine: Day… Who Cares? It’s Cinco de Mayo! Arriba! Arriba!

Who cares, right? The media has dropped almost all references to the swine flu, last year’s movie of the week, in favor of a few reports about how Mexico is fixed (fixed is boring) and visual jokes about pigs and babies and, uh, I don’t know. I haven’t been watching. I didn’t even manage to provide an update from the CDC yesterday, although I did look it up. I was too busy being bored with the computer and I was asleep by 9:00 PM. Even my symptoms are down. My neck is still sore, but the soreness in my throat is much subsided, as are the blisters on my tongue. Filly has picked up the runny nose from Fella, and she seemed a little warm last night, but it was a little warm in the house, too. We appear to have weathered the cytokine storm.

So even though I missed a day and we don’t have data from May 4, I am putting up the updates anyway:

The CDC Update on US Cases of H1N1 Flu:
May 5, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT
Alabama: 4 person (+3)
Arizona: 17 people (-1)
California: 49 people (+23)
Colorado: 6 people (+2)
Connecticut: 2 people
Delaware: 20 people (+10)
Florida: 5 people (+2)
Illinois: 82 people (+79)
Indiana: 3 people
Iowa: 1 person
Kansas: 2 people
Kentucky: 1 person
Louisiana: 7 people (new!)
Maine: 1 person (new!)
Maryland: 4 people (new!)
Massachusetts: 6 people (-1)
Michigan: 2 people
Minnesota: 1 person
Missouri: 1 person
Nebraska: 1 person
Nevada: 1 person
New Hampshire: 1 person
New Jersey: 6 people (-1)
New Mexico: 1 person
New York: 90 people (+27)
North Carolina: 1 person (new!)
Ohio: 3 people
Oregon: 15 people (new!)
Pennsylvania: 1 person (new!)
Rhode Island: 1 person
South Carolina: 16 (+1)
Tennessee: 2 people (+1)
Texas: 41 people (+1), 1 death
Utah: 1 person
Virginia: 3 people
Wisconsin: 3 people

The WHO latest update, #16:

As of 16:00 GMT, 5 May 2009, 23 countries have officially reported 1490 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Austria (1), Canada (140), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (27).

I was going to write more but I have a book to read to a boy: Phoebe’s Revolt, by Natalie Babbitt.

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