The speed at which the swine flu is spreading has been accelerating greatly over the past several days with confirmed illnesses reported in 11 different states and laboratory tests scheduled for testing of it in numerous other states and countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also seem the pandemic penetrate deeper into Europe with an end in sight. It is expected that within the next couple of weeks week all European countries and states will have confirmed cases of the swine blue
Despite the rapid spread of the disease the death toll from it has continued to stay down with nearly all deaths only occurring in Mexico. There however was the 1st confirmed death in the U.S. today when a 2 year old boy from Texas died while try to fight off the disease.
The Pentagon, on Wednesday, also confirmed that 1 U.S. marine has been confirmed to have the virus and he has now been quarantined along with 30 other marine members who were in contact with him recently. These uninfected marines will be quarantined about 5 days in order to be sure that they were not infected.
With total U.S. cases now at 100 and the swine virus rapidly spreading to different states and countries the WHO recently raised the alert to a phase 5. A phase 5 alert means that the virus has spread to at least 2 different countries and a world wide outbreak of some sort is expected.
In other Swine flu news the governor of Texas issued a declaration of disaster for the entire state after the 16TH confirmed case came about. Included in this declaration was a cancellation of all Texas high school athletics until at least May 11TH.
In the states of Minnesota and Chicago officials believe that they have a confirmed case in some of their public schools and have since shut those particular schools down
The swine flu pandemic is spreading quickly and health officials do not see any kind of end in sight that this point. Your best bet is probably to continue to stay up-to-date on the current news surrounding it and be sure that take the CDC recommendations for limiting your risk for contracting the virus.