Swine Flu Case in Spain May Point to Global Pandemic, WHO Says (Bloomberg.com)
April 30 (Bloomberg) — A swine-flu patient in Spain who hadn’t traveled to Mexico may signal a new front of the outbreak, potentially heralding the first influenza pandemic in 41 years.
Also troubling is this:
A Marine is recovering after being tested for the illness, and another 37 Marines are being “watched and tested” at a base in 29 Palms, California, Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway said at the Pentagon yesterday. The base, with 15,000 personnel, is located in the desert east of Los Angeles.
Military members are always in close contact with one another, and with members of the general public. Because the flu is contagious before symptoms appear and after they are gone, it’s anyone’s guess how many people could be affected by a military base developing the H1N1 flu.