May 1, 2009
On April 28, this report was posted as an MMWR Dispatch on the MMWR website (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr).
Since April 21, 2009, CDC has reported cases of respiratory infection with a swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV) transmitted through human-to-human contact.1,2 This report updates cases identified in U.S. states and highlights certain control measures taken by CDC. As of April 28, the total number of confirmed cases of S-OIV infection in the United States had increased to 64, with cases in California (10 cases), Kansas (two), New York (45), Ohio (one), and Texas (six). CDC and state and local health departments are investigating all reported U.S. cases to ascertain the clinical features and epidemiologic characteristics. On April 27, CDC distributed an updated case definition for infection with S-OIV (Box).
Of the 47 patients reported to CDC with known ages, the median age was 16 years (range: 3-81 years), and 38 (81%) were aged <18 years; 51% of cases were in males. Of the 25 cases with known dates of illness onset, onset ranged from March 28 to April 25 (Figure). To date, no deaths have been reported among U.S. cases, but five patients are known to have been hospitalized. Of 14 patients with known travel histories, three had traveled to Mexico; 40 of 47 patients (85%) have not been linked to travel or to another confirmed case. Information is being compiled regarding vaccination status of infected patients, but is not yet available. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of April 27, a total of 26 confirmed cases of S-OIV infection had been reported by Mexican authorities. Canada has reported six cases and Spain has reported one case.*
If an emerging public health threat is identified for which no licensed or approved product exists, the Project BioShield Act of 2004 authorizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner to issue an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) so that promising countermeasures can be disseminated quickly for the protection and safety of the U.S. population.3
In response to the current public health emergency involving swine-origin influenza, FDA issued four EUAs on April 27 to allow emergency use of
Oseltamivir is FDA-approved for treatment and prevention of influenza in adults and children aged ≥1 year. Zanamivir is FDA-approved for treatment of influenza in adults and children aged ≥7 years who have been symptomatic for <2 days, and for prevention of influenza in adults and children aged ≥5 years. The EUA allows the use of oseltamivir for treatment of influenza in children aged <1 year and prevention of influenza in children aged 3 months-1 year. Additionally, traditional prescribing and dispensing requirements might not be met. Under the scope and conditions of current EUAs, mass dispensing of both antiviral medications will be allowed per state and/or local public health authority.
FDA has authorized use of certain N95 respirators to help reduce wearer exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates during a public health emergency involving S-OIV. On April 27, CDC published guidelines for the use of N95 respirators. For example, respirators should be considered for use by persons for whom close contact with an infectious person is unavoidable. This can include selected individuals who must care for a sick person (e.g., family member with a respiratory infection) at home. Additional information is available here.
Currently, no FDA-cleared tests specifically for the S-OIV strain exist in the United States or elsewhere. For this purpose and to meet the significant increase in demand for influenza testing throughout the country, CDC has developed the rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel to expand and maintain the operational capabilities of public health or other qualified laboratories by providing a detection tool for the presumptive presence of S-OIV.
CDC, in collaboration with industry and federal partners, is continuing to conduct routine illness detection at ports of entry with heightened awareness for travelers who might be infected with S-OIV. During April 19-27, 15 cases of illness in travelers entering the United States from Mexico that were clinically consistent with S-OIV infection were detected. Of these 15 cases, two were laboratory confirmed as swine-origin influenza A (H1N1). Nine travelers remain in isolation pending completion of evaluation, and four travelers were released to complete travel after influenza virus infection was ruled out.
WHO has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. As part of its responsibilities under the International Health Regulations, CDC is prepared to implement additional screening measures for international flights, if deemed necessary, to prevent exportation of S-OIV. In addition, CDC in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is distributing travelers health alert notices to all persons traveling to countries with confirmed cases of S-OIV infection.
CDC has recommended that U.S. travelers avoid nonessential travel to Mexico (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentswineflumexico.aspx). However, CDC might revise its travel guidance as the outbreak in Mexico evolves and is characterized more completely. Travelers who cannot delay travel to Mexico should visit http://www.cdc.gov/travel and follow the posted recommendations to reduce their risk for infection.
CDC has issued interim guidance for nonpharmaceutical community mitigation efforts in response to human infections with S-OIV (click here). Current recommendations for isolation of patients with cases of S-OIV, household contacts, school dismissal, and other social distancing interventions also are available here and will be updated as the situation evolves.
Reported by: Strategic Science and Program Unit, Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases; Div of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases; Influenza Div, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC Influenza Emergency Response Team, CDC.
* Additional information is available at http://www.who.int/en.BOX. CDC interim guidance on case definitions for investigations of human swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) cases
The following case definitions are for the purposes of investigations of suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) infection.
Case Definitions for Infection with Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus
A confirmed case of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as an acute febrile respiratory illness in a person and laboratory-confirmed swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus infection at CDC by either of the following tests:
1) real-time reverse transcrition -- polymerase chain
reaction (rRT-PCR), or
2) viral culture.
A probable case of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as acute febrile respiratory illness in a person who is
A suspected case of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is defined as acute febrile respiratory illness in a person
FIGURE. Confirmed human cases of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) infection with known dates of illness onset* -- United States, April 27, 2009
* Onset dates available for 25 of 64 cases.
The above figure shows the number of confirmed human cases of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) infection with known dates of illness onset in the United States as of April 27, 2009. Onset dates were available for 25 of the 64 confirmed cases.
One case each had onset on March 28 and 30, April 4, 5, 6 and 11. Two cases had onset on April 12. One case had onset on April 15, 19, 20, and 21. Five cases had onset on April 22. Four cases had onset on April 23. Three cases had onset on April 24, and one case had onset on April 25.