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Influenza A(H1N1) - update 19
7 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 7 May 2009, 23 countries have officially reported 2099 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 1112 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 42 deaths. The United States has reported 642 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (201), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (5), Germany (9), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (5), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (73), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (28).
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Swine flu could protect against deadly mutation: experts
The global outbreak of swine flu hovering just below the pandemic threshold could provide immunity for those already infected if the virus mutates into a more deadly form, scientists have told AFP.
The Obama administration is considering an unprecedented fall vaccination campaign that could entail giving Americans three flu shots -- one to combat annual seasonal influenza and two targeted at the new swine flu virus spreading across the globe.
Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave a strange response when asked about plans for mainstream news websites to charge for content, declaring, “The current days of the internet will soon be over.”
Almost 220,000 treatments of Oseltamivir have been shipped to 21 countries in this Region from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Panama. The number of treatments sent by WHO and PAHO to the Americas together total 489,000 treatments.
Flu Pandemic Morbidity / Mortality
A different pattern may emerge in a pandemic. The 1918-19 pandemic affected mainly healthy young adults and seemed to spare those at the extremes of life. In the USA, the mortality rate during the 1918 pandemic pandemic was around 2.5%. Similarly, in 1957, the brunt fell on schoolchildren and young adults.
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Valley hospital changes procedures in wake of swine flu
Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 1:32 p.m.
Deborah Meeks with the Harlingen Medical Center has seen a big spike in numbers of patients in the emergency room.
The emergency room department leader said many area residents are concerned they've contracted the swine flu.
The demand has prompted the hospital to enact tighter restrictions and develop a new system that ensures walk-in patients are being treated with precaution.
“We’re starting to screen patients when they come in, mask them if they have symptoms and make sure that we screen them according to CDC guidelines and also test them according to those guidelines,” Meeks said.
With mostly mild cases of swine flu in the United States, swine flu fears are lessening. But viruses have a way of re-appearing. While nobody has a crystal ball, here are some thoughts about what the 2009 H1N1 virus might do in the months to come.