Friday, June 26, 2009

WHO Update

As of Friday, 26 June, WHO is reporting 59,814 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1), including 263 associated deaths in 112 countries/territories/areas. Since Wednesday (WHO is providing reports on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), 4 new countries/territories/areas are reporting laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1). The following list includes the number of lab-confirmed cases and associated deaths, by country/territory/area for these 4 countries/territories/areas:

Reporting site (Cases, Deaths)
- Indonesia (2,0)
- Iran (1,0)
- Serbia (2,0)
- UK: Guernsey, Crown Dependency (1,0)

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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