Monday, June 22, 2009

WHO update

As of Monday, 22 June, WHO is reporting 52,160 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1), including 231 associated deaths in 99 countries/territories/areas.

Since Friday, 5 new countries/territories/areas are reporting one case of influenza A(H1N1), and no associated deaths:
- Algeria
- Bangladesh
- Brunei Darussalam
- Fiji
- Slovenia

It is difficult to interpret this information, as it may be a sign of enhanced surveillance and/or improved reporting rather than a true indication of increasing distribution and spread of the virus.

While we think it is important to provide a situation update as well as an update on the distribution and spread of reported disease in countries/territories/areas reporting to WHO, we would like to emphasize that certainly not all cases are detected and/or appropriately reported. Therefore, the figures presented in these updates likely are a substantial underestimate of the actual amount of disease and the numbers of affected countries/territories/areas.

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