Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Latest Cases of Swine flu: What the Government Can do?

I came across this statistics on the latest casualties of Swine Flu in the United States. What makes me curious is how the US handle this problem. They are actually advanced when it comes to medical technologies and they have medical experts but still there are confirmed deaths of swine flu.

In the case of the Philippines, are we ready to combat this epidemic? The health department made some precautionary measures but still it is not enough. Entry into airports are not that tight. We even give preferential treatment to VIP's such as the group of Manny Pacquaio. If ever there will be cases of swine flu in the Philippines, are there concrete actions or plans to contain this harmful virus. Of course, there are plans, but the question is are we ready? Do we have enough medicine, anti viral drugs, quarantine officers, scanners, doctors, hospitals and so on...and the needed budget to implement these plans...

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 11, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
States # of
cases Deaths
Alabama 4
Arizona 182
California 191
Colorado 39
Connecticut 24
Delaware 44
Florida 54
Georgia 3
Hawaii 6
Idaho 1
Illinois 487
Indiana 39
Iowa 43
Kansas 36
Kentucky** 10
Louisiana 9
Maine 4
Maryland 23
Massachusetts 88
Michigan 130
Minnesota 7
Missouri 14
Nebraska 13
Nevada 9
New Hampshire 4
New Jersey 7
New Mexico 30
New York 190
North Carolina 11
Ohio 6
Oklahoma 14
Oregon 17
Pennsylvania 10
Rhode Island 7
South Carolina 32
South Dakota 1
Tennessee 54
Texas 179 2
Utah 63
Vermont 1
Virginia 16
Washington 128 1
Washington, D.C. 4
Wisconsin 384
TOTAL*(44) 2618 cases 3 deaths
*includes the District of Columbia
**One case is resident of Ky. but currently hospitalized in Ga.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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