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Swine flu tally continues to climb

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday morning updated its tally of confirmed H1N1 flu cases, formerly known as the swine flu.

To date, there are 286 confirmed cases across 36 states in the United States, with one death in Texas.

The CDC also announced it had been scheduled to complete deployment of 25% of the supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile to all states in the continental United States.

“These supplies and medicines will help states and U.S. territories respond to the outbreak,” the CDC stated. “In addition, the federal government and manufacturers have begun the process of developing a vaccine against the novel H1N1 flu virus.”

The list of states with confirmed cases (with number of cases in parentheses) are: Alabama (4), Arizona (17), California (30), Colorado (7), Connecticut (2), Delaware (20), Florida (5), Idaho (1), Illinois (8), Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1, though the patient is hospitalized in Georgia), Louisiana (14), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (7), New Mexico (1), New York (73), North Carolina (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (15), Tennessee (1), Texas (41, with one confirmed death), Utah (1), Virginia (3) and Wisconsin (3).

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FDA, FTC take action against fradulent ads of products for swine flu

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission have taken action against Web sites that advertise fraudulent products for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu.

The two agencies urged the public Friday to be wary of Web sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the virus and advising companies that operate the Web sites that they must take prompt action to correct or remove promotions of the products lest they face enforcement action.

“Consumers who purchase products to treat the novel 2009 H1N1 virus that are not approved, cleared or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the health of their families,” FDA acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs Michael Chappell said in a statement. “In conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, the FDA has developed an aggressive strategy to identify, investigate and take regulatory or criminal action against individuals and businesses that wrongfully promote purported 2009 H1N1 influenza products in an attempt to take advantage of the current flu public health emergency.”

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HHS releases television, radio PSAs on swine flu

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced the availability of television and radio public service announcements on steps people can take against 2009 H1N1 influenza, also known as the swine flu.

The TV PSA, a 60-second spot featuring Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson, will be satellite fed 2 p.m. on Friday. The feed will be handled by the National Association of Broadcasters.

The NAB has posted a broadcast quality download at this site: https://download.yousendit.com/WnBSMFhqQ0M5RlpMWEE9PQ.

Three 30-second radio PSAs in English and another three in Spanish are available for download at a site hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The spots are in MP3 format and are accompanied by matching live-read scripts.

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