The number of countries now with confirmed cases of the newly emerging strain of A/H1N1 has increased to 20.
Many other countries, however, have `suspected’ cases.
The ability for countries around the world to test for this virus is limited. The number of globally confirmed cases (985) almost certainly represents only a small fraction of the actual number of cases.
The WHO (World Health Organization) will issue another report later today.
4 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 4 May 2009, 20 countries have officially reported 985 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The higher number of cases from Mexico reflects ongoing testing of previously collected specimens. The United States has reported 226 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (85), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (2), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (3), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (40), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (15).