(CIDRAP News) – Seasonal flu activity in the United States last week passed a key threshold, while many European countries reported similar rises in the spread of the disease, according to flu surveillance reports released today.
The global illness count for the novel H1N1 swine influenza climbed to 2,099 confirmed cases with 44 deaths in 23 countries early today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. That included 1,112 cases and 42 deaths in Mexico and yesterday's US count of 642 cases and 2 deaths. Spain reported 73 cases and the United Kingdom 28. [WHO update 19]