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Nations urge WHO to change pandemic assessment
Britain, Japan and other nations urged the World Health Organization on Monday to change the way it decides to declare a pandemic — saying the agency must consider how deadly the virus is, not just how fast it is spreading.
WHO chief says she's not raising swine flu alert to highest level yet
GENEVA - The chief of the World Health Organization says she is not raising the world swine flu alert level just yet.
New York officials Monday said their fight against swine flu will focus on those weakened by pre-existing conditions, as was the case in the city's first fatality over the weekend.
"We are tracking people with severe illness along with flu," Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden told journalists. "We are concentrating on people with underlying conditions."
The statement did not say why no word was released for more than 48 hours after the senator was taken to the hospital, nor did it identify the facility where he is being treated.
Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the WHO meeting that the outbreak is "not winding down" in the United States and "widespread transmission" continues. He also said the epidemic also was not over in Mexico.
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TOTAL*(48) 5,123 cases 5 deaths
GENEVA – China, Britain, Japan and other countries urged the World Health Organization on Monday to be very cautious about declaring the arrival of a swine flu pandemic, fearing that a premature announcement could cause worldwide panic and confusion. WHO bent to their wishes.
TextAs the agency opened its annual meeting, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said she had listened carefully to the concerns of member states and would follow their instructions.
Chan repeated her warning that the virus could pose a grave threat to humans, even though only 76 out of 8,829 cases have proven fatal.
Text"A new influenza virus with great pandemic potential, the new influenza A (H1N1) strain, has emerged," she said.
Another concern is that swine flu might combine with the bird flu virus that has been circulating for several years, she said. Bird flu is much more deadly but less easily transmitted among humans than the swine flu virus.
Originally posted by irishchic
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Sounds like the poor man didn't have a chance:
"Wiener sickened quickly and dramatically: the flu shut down his kidneys and ravaged his lungs.
Doctors tried frantically to save him, even using an experimental device to expose his blood to ultraviolet rays. It was fruitless.
He died with his devastated wife, Bonnie, and three sons at his side."
They are all in my prayers.
* Poor in developing countries at heightened risk, Chan says
* Pregnant women, chronic patients are most vulnerable
* If virus shed in faeces, could spread due to bad sewage
The five additional cases, announced Monday by the city’s health department, bring the total at Travis Elementary to 17. The Heights-area school’s outbreak is the state’s largest in a single setting.
MONDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- While most cases of swine flu continue to be no worse than seasonal flu, the death rate from the new H1N1 virus is slightly higher than that seen with seasonal flu, U.S. health officials said Monday.
"Our best estimate right now is that the fatality [rate] is likely a little bit higher than seasonal influenza, but not necessarily substantially higher," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's interim deputy director for science and public health program, said during an afternoon teleconference.
In addition, unlike seasonal flu, which typically strikes hardest at the very young and the elderly, the new H1N1 swine flu is largely affecting children, teens and young adults, with more hospitalizations of younger people, Schuchat said.
"The hospitalizations that we are tracking have this disproportionate occurrence among younger persons," she said. "That's very unusual to have so many people under 20 requiring hospitalization in some of those intensive-care units."
Schuchat added that the spread of the swine flu is far from over and could continue through the summer. "H1N1 is not going away, despite what you've heard," she said.
The heat and humidity of summer months are less conducive to the spread of influenza virus, Schuchat said. "This is certainly a possibility -- it's not something I can predict. Most years, the seasonal influenza strains have very reduced circulation in the summer months. Unfortunately, we don't know if we are going to get a break this summer with this [H1N1] virus."
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