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U.S. Swine Flu Cases Jump

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. April 29, 2009: The number of reported swine flu cases in the U.S. jumped Tuesday to 64, with New York City having the highest number of cases, according to the Center of Disease Control.

Those affected with the virus in New York have now been put at 45, according to the CDC. Each affected person has some link to the St. Francis Preparatory school or to Mexico, according to the city’s Department of Health.

There were ten cases reported in California, 6 in Texas, 2 in Kansas and one in Ohio.

On Tuesday, the organization warned it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the agency’s emergency response.

The swine influenza virus is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir.

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy. These include cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it; wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.