Even though it is not in the headlines as much recently, H1N1 influenza still poses a risk according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials say the H1N1 virus is still likely to cause additional illnesses and deaths in the United States.
The CDC reported higher than average levels of influenza for mid-May and an unusual number of outbreaks in schools. "We do think that the way the virus is spreading in the U.S., we are not out of the woods, and the disease is continuing," said Anne Schuchat, science and public health program spokesperson at the CDC.
In the United States, over 5,000 cases of H1N1 flu have been reported. Six deaths have been reported. It is not clear, however, whether the deaths were caused by the virus or by pre-existing conditions.
Since the outbreak's beginning, officials have stressed that the virus cannot be contracted from eating pork.
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