Health experts are tracking a new strain of the deadly swine flu virus designated H1N1, that began in central Mexico and has spread now into the United States. Read more about it below, see photos and a video.

Swine Flu Outbreak

Swine Flu Outbreak

Mexico has had at least 1,000 suspected cases of the new strain of swine flu. Of that number, 61 people have died. The virus has spread into the United States infecting eight people in California and Texas but all of them have recovered.

It first looked mostly like the swine virus strain from the 1970’s, but closer analysis shows it is a never-before-seen mixture of swine, human and avian viruses, according to the Center for Disease Control or CDC.

“Our concern has grown as of yesterday,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting director Dr. Richard Besser told reporters in a telephone briefing.

“We do not have enough information to fully assess the health threat posed by this new swine flu virus.”

Because there is clearly human-to-human spread of the new virus, raising fears of a major outbreak and even a swine flu pandemic, Mexico’s government canceled classes for millions of children.

What are the symptoms of swine flu? The symptoms of swine flu are aches and pains, fever, and sometimes nausea and dizziness. They are normal flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

The WHO or World Health Organization has said it was ready to use rapid containment measures if needed, including antivirals, and that both the United States and Mexico are well equipped to handle the outbreak.

Both the WHO and the CDC said there was no need to alter travel arrangements in Mexico or the United States at this time.

The CDC will have daily updates on the Swine Flu Outbreak on it’s website and we will continue to update this story as necessary.

Update 4/25/09: At this time, there are a reported 1,300 infected with the new strain of swine flu with 81 deaths reported in Mexico. In the United States, the swine flu has been reported in California, Texas, Kansas and most likely New York with 10 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases. There have been no deaths in the U.S.

The World Health Organization has asked countries around the world to step up reporting and surveillance of the disease and implement a coordinated response to contain it.

Update 4/26/09: The new strain of the swine flu has now been confirmed in a number of other countries including Spain, Canada, New Zealand, France and Israel. Countries around the world however are on alert and expecting outbreaks.

There is no indication whatsoever that this is bio-terrorism.

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