The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released interim guidance for healthcare facilities, including long-term care, for care of residents with confirmed or suspected swine flu.
There are recommendations regarding patient placement, isolation, management of visitors, and surveillance of healthcare professionals. As of May 1, 2009, there have been 109 confirmed cases in the United States and one death.
Meanwhile, scientists are now predicting that this particular strain of swine flu influenza virus will be less harmful than the average winter flu, according to recent news reports. Initial analyses of the current swine flu virus discovered some striking similarities to the influenza virus that wreaked havoc on the world in 1918, killing more than 50 million people. But closer inspection by scientists has found that this H1N1 strain of the flu lacks a great many of the characteristics that made the 1918 strain so deadly, reports the LA Times. For example, even though both strains are of the H1N1 variety, today's swine flu is missing a particular amino acid, which scientists say helps the virus infect the lungs, making it more fatal. For more about this, read the story.
To see the swine flu guidelines from the CDC, go to http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Tue, May 5, 2009
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