Valley H1N1 Cases Highest in the State
POSTED: Friday, July 10, 2009 - 7:56am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
One third of those who have died from the H1N1 virus in Texas happened right here in the Valley, seven people are dead so far, helping contribute to 21 statewide.
Cameron, Starr and Willacy county show no change from last week, but Hidalgo county has even more confirmed cases this week. Their numbers raised by 88 cases showing a total of 1,115 confirmed cases at this time. The whole state is showing almost 4,300 cases, but more than a third of them in Texas are in our area.
Nationally, the government is preparing to launch a vaccine which should be ready by mid-October. Something, local doctors say, is very necessary in case a massive outbreak occurs.
Dr. Asim Zamir from the Brownsville's Children's Clinic believes the Valley's H1N1 numbers are so high because of our proximity to Mexico. He also says, it's very important that the government take steps now for the upcoming flu season. The virus does not affect more people this time around.