United States H1N1 Situation Update
We issued advisories on July 27th and August 6th documenting indications of
an apparent resurgence of H1N1 beginning in latitudes in the southern
hemisphere, then across the equator in Mexico, followed by reporting inside
the southern US. This report provides an update to this information.
Within the last 72 hours, there has been a substantial change in reporting
of H1N1 cases in elementary schools in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, and
universities in North Carolina (Duke University), Alabama (University of
Alabama), Mississippi (Mississippi State University), and Louisiana
(Louisiana State University). In the case of elementary schools, classes
were in session 1 to 2 weeks before H1N1 cases were reported. In the case of
some of the universities, classes were in session 2 days before reporting of
H1N1 cases. We surmise schools around the country are highly sensitized to
report influenza like illness and suspected H1N1.
The above information is intended to be a ≥for your information≤ and does
not reflect the results of an official forensic epidemiological
investigation. It is unclear yet if reports of outbreaks in schools is
indicative of a statistically significant change from an already high level
of H1N1 transmission in the United States.
Should you have any questions about this report, please do not hesitate to
contact Dr. James Wilson, Veratect Corporation ([log in to unmask]).
James M. Wilson V, MD
Chief Technical Officer and Chief Scientist
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