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Update on the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus

 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are now 109 confirmed cases in 11 states, and one mortality, which ocurred in Texas.  The World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level to Phase 5.   A Phase 5 alert is a “strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation is short.”  Health centers are meanwhile reporting a high volume of calls and visits, fueled largely b the intense media coverage about the outbreak.   At NACHC we’re gathering intelligence from health centers, staying in close communication with our federal partners, and trying to provide support, resources and technical assistance to our health centers.