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Originally posted by Cameoii
What still confuses me is how we are told over and over that almost all of the cases that are not mild are due to underlying health conditions. How many children have previous conditions to exacerbate this flu?
Dec. 12, 2006 -- Nearly one in 10 American children now has asthma, a sharp rise that still has scientists searching for a cause, a CDC report concluded Tuesday.
An estimated 6.5 million children under age 18 (8.9%) are now diagnosed with the disease. The rate has more than doubled since 1980, according to the report.
The sounds of too much "goop" in the lungs after a virus.
Sometimes — about 100 times a year in Washington — someone dies from the disease.
She woke up in Harborview Medical Center, where she wound up in the intensive care unit.
Asthma is the most common chronic disorder in childhood, currently affecting an estimated 6.2 million children under 18 years; of which 4 million suffered from an asthma attack or episode in 2003.
Asthma morbidity continues to pose a significant personal and societal burden despite the availability of effective medications to manage the disease. Many children in the United States who should receive preventive medications do not receive them. Minority children and children living in poverty have a greater burden from asthma compared with white non-poor children and the same children are less likely to receive adequate treatment and are less likely to have family or community support for their asthma management.
In addition, the incidence of allergy in children is on the rise. The biggest increases are being seen in heavily populated areas.
"We're seeing increasing numbers of people going to emergency departments saying they have fever and flu, particularly young people in the 5 to 17 age group, " Frieden, who has been named by U.S. President Barack Obama as the new CDC director, told a news conference.
Underlying conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or tuberculosis appear to put swine flu victims at greater risk of hospitalization or death, doctors from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
The number of confirmed swine flu cases at Houston’s Travis Elementary School doubled Monday to 24, the nation’s second largest outbreak in a single setting thus far reported.
A new national poll indicates that only one in six Americans is worried that someone in the family will get the H1N1 flu.
The poll also suggests that most Americans, 54 percent, think that the federal government's response to the flu has been appropriate. But nearly four in 10 questioned said the government has overreacted.
A German tourist has died in Thailand while being kept under surveillance for suspected swine flu, a public health ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
If confirmed to have contracted the A(H1N1) virus the 59-year-old woman would be the first fatal case of the disease in Thailand, said spokesman Suphan Srithamma.
One theory speculates that widespread use of cleaning products, antibiotic cleansers, and immunizations have helped spur a rise in asthma. While a steady -- but moderate -- dose of germs can stimulate infants' immune systems early in life, that robustness may be lost when young children don't confront immune challenges, the theory says.
Some have formulated a counter-intuitive notion: that the current asthma epidemic may in part be fueled by our clean, germ-free lives.
The hypothesis, says Dr. Eyal Raz, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, is that "all of this sterility eliminates from our daily lives the useful impact of microbes."
Updated, 12:08 p.m. | New York City health authorities are investigating the death of a 16-month-old child as a possible case of swine flu.
The boy, identified as Jonathan Zamora Castillo of Corona, Queens, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday at Elmhurst Hospital Center, less than an hour after being brought in with a high fever, the hospital announced. The child’s 3-year-old sibling, who was also brought to the hospital, was treated and released, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Tuesday morning.