Swine Flu Reality Check

The WHO has officially confirmed 331 cases of swine flu and 10 deaths. The numbers increase according to each country's official tally.

Mexico: 156 cases, 7 deaths. United States: 141 cases, 1 death Austria: 1 case Canada: 34 cases Germany: 3 cases Israel: 2 cases New Zealand: 3 cases Peru: 1 case Spain: 13 cases Switzerland: 1 case Netherlands: 1 case United Kingdom: 8 cases

The WHO announced suspected cases under investigation in at least 15 other countries.

International Swine Flu News

Mexico's government suspects nearly 2,300 cases of swine flu and 159 possibly-related deaths; yet the WHO organization only reports 97 cases in that country.

The Netherlands and Switzerland both reported their first case each yesterday.

Germany, Austria and New Zealand confirmed cases of swine flu Wednesday, April 29.

A South Korean Catholic nun traveling in Mexico has tested positive for swine flu, according to reporting by ABC's Joohee Cho. South Korean authorities believe the 51-year-old woman caught the disease from a taxi driver and have requested the Mexican government look into the matter.

South Korea and Ukraine have temporarily banned all pork imports from North America in response to flu concerns, despite the WHO advisory that the virus is not transferred by eating well-cooked pork and pork products.

Suspected cases are being investigated in at least 14 countries, including: South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France and South Africa.

Officials around the world have taken measures from closing schools to screening people's body heat checking for fevers at airports.

How to Protect Yourself

The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself from flu.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. Doctors say the biggest mistake many make is to just do a quick rinse under the faucet while washing their hands.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What Are the Symptoms of Swine Flu?

The World Health Organization is working to develop a profile of the "typical case" of swine flu, but thus far, the symptoms appear to be essentially the same as those for the usual winter flu. Hallmark symptoms of flu include:

High fever

Muscle aches




Runny nose

Vomiting and Diarrhea (less common)

Sources: the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Associated Press Contributed to this report

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