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In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with this H1N1 virus were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. All U.S. states have since reported cases of H1N1 flu infection in humans. As part of the federal government response to the H1N1 virus, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration on April 26, 2009.

On July 23, 2009, HHS Secretary Sebelius signed a renewal of the determination that a public health emergency exists.

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway by raising the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6. This action was a reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. At the time, more than 70 countries had reported cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and there were ongoing community level outbreaks of novel H1N1 in multiple parts of the world.

Since the WHO declaration of a pandemic, the new H1N1 virus has continued to spread, with the number of countries reporting cases of novel H1N1 nearly doubling. The Southern Hemisphere’s regular influenza season has begun and countries there are reporting that the new H1N1 virus is spreading and causing illness along with regular seasonal influenza viruses. In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring. The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases of any country worldwide, however, most people who have become ill have recovered without requiring medical treatment.

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is monitoring the situation, participating in planning, and taking steps to ensure the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors. As new information becomes available, it will be posted here.

 

H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) and You
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Resources for Child Care Programs, Schools, Colleges, and Universities
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Influenza A(H1N1): Special Information
(World Health Organization)

flula.com
(Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals)

Flu.gov - Know What to Do About the Flu                               (One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.)

                          

 

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