|Update. Influenza A (H1N1) Regional Report (15 May 2009)|
The data and information of this report are updated daily and are available at:
http://www.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 Americasand information submitted by the International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Points.
Up to 15 May 2009, 8.183 confirmed cases of the new virus influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 72 deaths, have been notified in 13 countries of the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United States. (Figure 1). 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 new 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.
There was a new case in Peru. A 27 year-old woman of Peruvian nationality, who flew from New York to Lima in 9 May 2009. She started having upper respiratory symptoms and developed a mild to moderate clinical picture, with satisfactory evolution. Another country is Ecuador where a patient had positive laboratory tests results in that country.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization