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United States Travel Precaution

Issued by CDC

Apr 26, 2009

Swine Influenza in the United States

This information is current as of today, April 27, 2009 at 10:16

Updated: April 26, 2009

Revised April 26 to reflect updated guidance on antiviral use in travelers.

Current Situation

As of 9 am April 26 2009, 20 human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in California, Texas, New York City, Kansas and Ohio. This strain of influenza virus is unique because it is a combination of genes from swine, bird, and human influenza viruses. Infected individuals report flu-like symptoms of fever, aches and pains, sore throats, coughing and trouble breathing. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting. These cases may be linked to an outbreak of influenza-like-illness in Mexico.

At this time only two of the 20 cases in the US have been hospitalized and all have recovered. However, CDC and state public and animal health authorities are still in the early stages of the investigations.

Further updates to the US investigation and any related travel recommendations will be posted on www.cdc.gov/travel when available.

CDC Recommendations

CDC has NOT recommended that people avoid travel at this time. If you are planning travel to these areas, the following recommendations will help you to reduce your risk of infection and stay healthy.

Monitor the International Situation Check updates from the:Prepare for your trip before you leaveDuring your visit to an area affected by Swine InfluenzaMonitor the local situationPractice healthy habits to help stop the spread of influenzaSeek medical care if you feel sickAfter you return from your tripAdditional Information

If you have specific questions about the swine influenza cases see http://www.cdc.gov/contact/  or call 1-800-232-4636, which is 1-800-CDC-INFO.

To learn more about travel health, visit www.cdc.gov/travel .

For the swine Influenza situation in the United States, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/investigation.htm

For the swine Influenza situation in Mexico, visit:

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