American health officials on Sunday declared a public health emergency over increasing cases of swine flu, saying that they had confirmed 20 cases of the disease in the United States and expected to see more as investigators track down the path of the outbreak.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before this swine flu virus found its way to the USA and inevitable that New York City would be hot on its itinerary. There’s so much that comes and goes (of human origin, non-human origin and of origin unknown) through the length and breadth of this town, I’m amazed that even more spine-tingling epidemics and mischievous plagues haven’t paid us a visit. In my never-ending efforts to write the Great American Novel, I was thinking of something along the way of a poor man’s version of Camus’ THE PLAGUE…but we shall see. In any case, April is indeed a nice time to do the Big Apple and that probably holds true for man as well as microbe.
So far, officials have confirmed eight cases in New York, two in Texas, seven in California, two in Kansas, and one in Ohio; a strain that resembles the deadly swine flu that killed over 80 people in Mexico and infected 1,300 more. There have been no deaths, as of yet, but one person needed to be hospitalized. In addition to this, six cases of the virus were confirmed in Canada today.
Source: NY Times