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Dept of Health confirms 4 more H1N1 Flu cases bringing Hawaii total to 10

Media releases compiled by Baron Sekiya/

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) today reported four additional confirmed cases of novel H1N1 Influenza A (swine flu) to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three of the cases were laboratory confirmed by the DOH State Laboratories Division, and one case was laboratory confirmed by the Washington State Public Health Laboratory.

The cases confirmed in Hawai‘i are two adults and an adolescent that are residents of Oahu with no history of recent travel. All are recovering or have recovered at home. School officials have been notified by the department. Household members and other close contacts are being identified, notified, and tested if they have symptoms that meet the criteria for influenza illness.

The case that tested positive in Washington State is an adult resident of Maui County that became ill while in Washington, was hospitalized briefly, and has fully recovered. The individual will be returning home after the period of required isolation.

The DOH State Laboratories Division has been validated by CDC to confirm novel Influenza A (H1N1) cases for the state. Therefore, specimens need no longer be sent to CDC for final confirmation, although select specimens will continue to be sent for further strain characterization.

This brings the total number of confirmed novel H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) cases in Hawaii to 10.

The Centers for Disease Control reports as of 5 a.m. HST, May 13, 2009 the total number of confirmed cases in the United States stands at 3352 in 45 states with three deaths. In a press briefing Tuesday CDC reported that the median age remains low at 15 years-old with a range, though, of 1 month of age up to 86 years. Almost two-thirds of the confirmed cases are under 18.

The World Health Organization reports that as of 8 p.m. HST, 12 May 2009, 33 countries have officially reported 5728 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 2059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths. The United States has reported 3009 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 358 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (8), China (3, comprising 1 in China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and 2 in mainland China), Colombia (6), Cuba (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (4), Finland (2), France (13), Germany (12), Guatemala (3), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Norway (2), Panama (29), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (98), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1), Thailand (2), and the United Kingdom (68).

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