Here's a Swine Flu update for Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2009:
According to The Associated Press, a U.S. health official said at least five people are hospitalized with swine flu in the United States and deaths are likely.
"I fully expect we will see deaths form this infection," as swine flu cases are investigated, said Richard Besser, acting director of the federal Centers for Disease Control.
The hospitalizations include three in California and two in Texas, he said.
Besser said the country has 64 confirmed cases across five states, with 45 in New York, one in Ohio, two in Kansas, six in Texas and 10 in California. At least four other cases have been reported by states.
Meanwhile, at least 17 schools have closed for the week and thousands of Texas students are missing school on an important day of standardized state tests because of swine flu fears.
The Schertz-Cibolo ISD near San Antonio closed all 14 schools, including a high school where three of the state's six confirmed cases of swine flu were found. An elementary school in suburban Dallas, a high school in New Braunfels and a middle school in Rio Grande City also closed.
Rio Grande City Superintendent Roel Gonzalez said today that five schools are each missing between 80 and 140 students, adding that parents are keeping kids home out of fear of swine flu. Local officials have deemed two students at Veterans Middle School "probable" cases of swine flu.
A state education spokeswoman says officials are working on a TAKS retesting schedule, but it won't be completed until it's known how long schools will be closed.
Here's a Swine Flu update for Tuesday Morning April 28, 2009:
Compiled from various Associated Press Reports:
While there are no reported cases of Swine Flu in the Brazos Valley, six out of 50 confirmed U.S. cases of swine flu are from Texas. Three cases have been confirmed in the Dallas area and three have been confirmed near San Antonio. Those reports are prompting some schools to close, including one in Richardson. Residents of Guadalupe County, near San Antonio, are being asked to avoid public gatherings and stay home if they feel ill. In fact the first two U.S. cases were reported there.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano argues "passive surveillance" of the U.S. border sufficiently guards against more swine flu cases coming into the country from Mexico.
What's puzzling some doctors is in the cases near San Antonio, none of the three high school students with the confirmed cases had been to Mexico.