H1N1 outbreak reported
YUMA, AZ — Spanish media are reporting the return of the H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus in Mexico City and warn that the number of cases is rising, according to KSWT-TV.
Mexican authorities have moved to close many restaurants, schools, museums, libraries and theaters in order to stop the spread of the disease, the article stated.
According to the article, despite these precautions, some cases of the disease have already been reported in the Southwest United States.
"We have three confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, and those folks have been quarantined as well as the people in that housing unit," Nancy Kincaid of California Prison Health Care Services said.
"Clearly, someone brought it into the prison because there are people whose movement is limited. Inmates don''t go out, people come in," Kincaid added.
"So far, influenza activity has been somewhat less this season than in previous years. However, we are beginning to see increases in influenza activity across California. This is usually the time of year when influenza begins to become more active in California. It is not too late to be vaccinated. If you haven''t been vaccinated yet, get your vaccine now before flu activity increases. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. This year''s vaccine protects against the most frequently found strains, including H1N1," said Dr. Gilberto Chavez, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health''s Center for Infectious Diseases.
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