DHS Senior Leadership Brief 2009 H1N1 Flu


Department of Homeland Security

  • 6 pages
  • Unclassified
  • For Official  Use Only
  • May 5, 2009

Current Situation

United States:

  • As of Monday, 04 May 09, 698 schools in 33 States were closed due to confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 Flu. The closures impacted over 358,220 students and 20,684 teachers. (Open Source)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Reports 403 confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu in 38 States; 702 probable cases of H1N1 Flu in 41 States and the District of Columbia. Number of deaths remains at 1 (Texas). A state-by-state breakdown is listed in Table 1.
  • CDC confirms 30 persons remain hospitalized.
  • The Governor of American Samoa proclaimed a state of public health emergency on 1 May. This proclamation is to address the early detection and response in the event of identified cases of H1N1 Influenza.


  • According to Mexican Foreign Ministry: Chinese authorities have detained more than 70 Mexican travelers in a Beijing hotel, none of whom exhibited flu symptoms. The Mexican Foreign Ministry indicated it is planning to send a chartered plane to several Chinese cities to retrieve Mexican citizens who wish to leave the country.
  • Restaurants and cafes in Mexico City are to reopen on Wednesday, 6 May after the country recorded a fall in new cases of the H1N1 virus.
  • Libraries, museums and churches may follow suit a day later on Thursday, 7 May but cinemas, theatres and bars are to remain closed, Mexico City’s Mayor’s said.


  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): The FAO reported that human to animal transmission of H1N1 has been confirmed in Canada. Recommends that national authorities and farmers should carefully monitor pigs and investigate any possible occurrences of influenza-like symptoms in domestic animals.


  • Twenty-eight students travelling from Canada (22 Canadian) were detained upon arrival in Changchun, after transiting through Beijing. None of the students demonstrated any signs of fever or flu-like symptoms; however, they have been quarantined until 09 May 09.
  • Two Americans remain quarantined in Beijing and one in Shanghai, according to Embassy Beijing.
  • Consulate General Hong Kong reports nine Americans quarantined in Hong Kong.
  • In Hong Kong, about 200 hotel guests and 100 staff members at the Metropark Hotel remain under quarantine until Friday, 8 May, after health officials determined that a guest there had contracted the H1N1 virus. (Open Source)

World Health Organization (WHO and Open Source Media Reporting):

  • The WHO said there were no immediate plans to raise its alert to the highest level, Phase 6. That designation would mean “that we are seeing continued spread of the virus to countries outside of one region,” WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda said. (Open Source)
  • Reports 1202 confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu in 21 countries; 4831 probable cases in 25 countries. A country-by-country breakdown is listed in Table 2. (U.S. numbers reported above.)

Federal Agencies/Departments

  • Department of State (DOS): Received an updated request for assistance from the Mexican government.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):

  • 15 countries (Honduras, United Arab Emirates, Russia, China, Croatia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, South Korea, St. Lucia, Thailand, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan) banned pork from the United States, and/or States with cases of H1N1 Flu. U.S. Meat Export Federation is reporting U.S. pork exports have dropped 10 percent since the beginning of the H1N1 Flu outbreak. The cost to the U.S. from these trade bans and other measures is estimated to be $900 million dollars.

Department of Defense (DOD):

  • US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) activated Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) to plan, coordinate, and provide approved DoD support to the primary agencies in the NCR in response to the 2009 H1N1 Flu outbreak, to contribute to a safe and secure environment.

Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • The CDC has updated its recommendations for K-12 schools. CDC now recommends if a school dismisses students or a childcare facility closes, schools and childcare facilities should close for up to 14 days depending on the extent and severity of the illness and in close consultation with local and state public health officials. Additional guidance to be provided by 8 May 09.

Office of Health Affairs (OHA):

  • Per request from the State of Texas, OHA will send Dallas County two ABI 7500 devices (devices used for the rapid analysis/detection of influenza) on 5 May 2009 to assist with the H1N1 testing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):

  • CBP referred 14 travelers for testing of H1N1 Flu; 6 tested negative, 0 tested positive, and 8 are awaiting results.


Current Planning:

  • Federal Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2009-H1N1 Flu being adjudicated by 25 Interagency representatives from 20 different Departments and Agencies.
  • 350 + comments being considered
  • Draft plan to DRG by 7:00 AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2009
  • Updating Secretary’s Decision Support matrix and developing separate decision briefs on each decision. Priorities are:
  • PFO Activation
  • HSAS
  • POE Medical Mass Migrations
  • Conducting daily Interagency teleconference at 1:00 PM to coordinate planning.


National Operations Center – Phase 2 – Concern

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