Mexico's top medical official told the AP that he's hopeful swine flu has begun to wane in his nation. "The fact that we have a stabilization in the daily numbers, even a drop, makes us optimistic," said Jose Angel Cordova. "We think we're on the right track." An official from the World Health Organization, however, cautioned that fluctuations are normal and that it's far too early to celebrate. In the US, meanwhile, the number of cases confirmed by the CDC rose slightly to 114 in 12 states, notes the New York Times.
In other developments:
- Health chief Janet Napolitano said about 12 million courses of antiviral medication would be shipped to the hardest-hit states by Sunday.
- Fort Worth became the nation's first major school district to shut down entirely.
- The WHO raised its total of confirmed cases worldwide to 257, with Switzerland and the Netherlands the latest nations to join the list.
- The number of confirmed deaths stands at 12, with all but one in Mexico.