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U.S. Swine Flu Count Nears 1,900; Person-to-Person Transmission Now Common
Date:5/7/2009

o call for international production of an A H1N1 swine flu vaccine. The head of the agency's initiative for vaccine research told the Canadian Press that such a decision could force some vaccine manufacturers to make some lots that do not include a vaccine against influenza B viruses.

The CP also said that an expert panel will meet May 14 to review the available science on the swine flu and advise WHO Director General Margaret Chan on whether to call on vaccine manufacturers to make a vaccine to protect against the new H1N1 virus.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization was reporting almost 2,400 confirmed cases of swine flu in 24 countries, with Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom having the most cases outside of Mexico and the United States.

There were 1,112 laboratory-confirmed cases in Mexico, the source of the outbreak, including 42 deaths. The United States had reported 896 confirmed cases, including two deaths, the WHO said.

Meanwhile in Mexico City, the government has now allowed all businesses to reopen, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. This includes sports arenas, movie theaters and restaurants. However, businesses must screen for those who might be sick and surgical masks will still be mandatory for workers and customers, the AP said.

High schools and universities reopened Thursday after a two-week closure intended to limit infections. Younger children returned to school on Monday, the news service said.


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