Public Health Emergency Declared Over Swine Flu
20 confirmed cases of swine flu caused the American health officials to declare a state of emergency Sunday over the disease that has caused over 103 deaths in Mexico.
The U.S. is not that only nation keeping a close eye on the situation, other nations have implemented specific travel bans for those arriving from Mexico and Canada.
Experts are still unsure regarding the severity of this particular strain of flu.
"We’re in a period in which the picture is evolving,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, deputy director general of the World Health Organization said in an interview with the Star Tribune. “We need to know the extent to which it causes mild and serious infections.”
Among the 20 confirmed cases, eight have been treated in New York Alone. So far no cases have been heard of in Minnesota.
"We don't want people to panic," Dr. Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota state epidemiologist, said at a news conference in St. Paul. "This has not been severe here."
Other states and territories in which cases have been confirmed include: Kansas, Ohio, California, Texas and Nova Scotia.