The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday on its website there are 36 states and 286 cases which have been laboratory confirmed hit by the new flu. The H1N1 new flu virus appears to be widespread in the United States and seems to be hitting mostly younger people.
I don't think we are out of the woods yet, from what I know of influenza, I do know there will be more cases, more severe cases and more deaths. said the CDC's Dr Anne Schuchat.
Most cases in the United States have been reported to be mild. But 30 people, mostly older children and young adults, have been hospitalized with the disease, U.S. officials said. We think very few of the cases we have confirmed are in people over 50, Dr Anne told reporters Sunday.
The CDC has scheduled Sunday to complete deployment of 25 percent of the supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to all states in the continental United States. These supplies and medicines will help states and U.S. territories respond to the outbreak. In addition, the Federal Government and manufacturers have begun the process of developing a vaccine against the new H1N1 flu virus.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Sunday that flu vaccines for both the new strain of the H1N1 virus and the seasonal flu should be ready by autumn.
We didn't know what its lethality was going to be. We had to move. Once you get behind flu, you can't catch up, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.