Swine Flu in New York
The highest number of cases of swine flu, or H1N1 influenza, in the United States are in New York State. The initial cluster was in and around St. Francis Prep in Queens. Other cases have developed outside of New York City, with most of the patients having a history of visiting Mexico recently.
Governor Paterson’s leadership has been invaluable in this evolving H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak in New York. As a result, New York is leading the nation in our response to this outbreak.
The Governor’s decision last weekend to activate the State’s health emergency preparedness plan has allowed us to act swiftly to monitor, identify and treat cases of H1N1 in New York State.
Yesterday [May 1 2009], the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratories tested 43 specimens from 43 individuals, which included three repeat tests from the previous day. Three of those specimens tested probable for H1N1, including two from Suffolk County and one from Westchester County.
It is important to note that these three new probable cases have epidemiological links to Mexico â€“ either they or those with whom they are in close contact traveled to that country.
Of the 43 specimens tested yesterday, five were positive for seasonal influenza and 33 were negative for any type of influenza. Two were inconclusive and will require additional testing.
To date, we have tested a total of 137 specimens from counties outside of New York City; 93 were negative for H1N1; 29 were positive for seasonal flu and 16 were probable for H1N1. Wadsworth Laboratories tested all but one of those specimens.
We are still waiting for validation by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the accuracy of the specimen testing performed by Wadsworth Laboratories. Once we have that, New York will no longer need to send specimens to CDC for confirmatory testing. Our Wadsworth Laboratories will perform confirmatory testing for H1N1.
As of last evening, there are 82 confirmed or probable cases in New York City:
- three in Nassau County;
- four in Suffolk County;
- two in Westchester County;
- three in Orange County; and
- one each in Cortland, Chautauqua, Monroe and Lewis counties.
It is important to note that the individuals affected are recovering and symptoms have been mild to moderate.
NYS Health Department
Statement from Richard F. Daines, M.D., Commissioner
Table of contents for Swine Flu 2009 New York Cases
- Probable Swine Flu in New York City
- More Swine Flu Cases in New York City
- Upstate New York and Swine Flu
- Swine Flu in Upstate New York State
- Swine Flu in New York May 1, 2009
- Swine Flu in New York
- Swine Flu in New York May 4 2009
- New York State Swine Flu – H1N1 Cases May 15 2009
- Swine Flu – H1N1 in New York May 21 2009
- Swine Flu Update for New York May 28 2009
- Swine Flu or H1N1 in New York May 29 2009
- Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 in New York June 1 2009
- Swine Flu – Novel H1N1 Cases in New York State June 8 2009
- New York Swine Flu or Novel H1N1 Update June 10 2009
- Swine Flu Update for New York State June 19 2009
- New York State Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 Cases for 6-23-2009
- New York State Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 Cases for 6-26-2009
- Upstate New York colleges in Swine Flu fight
- Upstate New York flu visits to E/R’s increase 50% in one week
- New York State swine flu report through November 7 2009
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