I recieved this through my medical web site... sounds like good news...thought you might be interested.
There is good news this week regarding the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak, and growing optimism that the new strain is not more lethal or more easily transmitted than the seasonal flus that circulate continuously around the globe.
"We are seeing encouraging signs that the virus so far is not looking more severe than a strain we would see during seasonal flu," concluded Center for Disease Control (CDC) Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser.
Still, Besser indicated that the situation was continuing to evolve and that recommended precautions would remain in place for the time being.
As of this writing, there are fewer than 300 confirmed cases in the United States, less than 150 in Canada, and less than 2,000 in the entire world.
The incidence of new cases is said to be leveling off in Mexico City, where the flu circulated for over a month before it was identified as a new strain. The city's mayor took drastic measures last week, closing all none essential government and private businesses, schools and restaurants, cancelling concerts and sporting events and urging people to stay home. Mexico's Health Secretary has since declared that the epidemic there "is in its declining stage," and many of these businesses will be allowed to reopen.
Numerous people have written to ask me if it is safe to board an airplane and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) in declaring that it was indeed safe to fly.
After announcing this new influenza as a "swine flu," the CDC and the WHO scrambled to switch to the terms "H1N1" and "Influenza A (H1N1)," The CDC has not yet lifted its advisory against nonessential travel to Mexico and I have no way of knowing when that will happen, but I am optimistic that the day is not far off. I will announce the lifting of the advisory in this newsletter when it happens.
I think this is GOOD news for everyone travelling.