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If confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wiener's death would be the seventh linked to swine flu in the United States. The CDC has confirmed three in Texas, two in Arizona and one in Washington state.
PREPARE - Pandemic Preparedness Worldwide
USAID is launching a coordinated and comprehensive program designed to minimize the impact of specific newly emergent diseases of animal origin, which pose a significant threat to human health and development. This program must be managed by the USAID Avian and Pandemic Influenza Unit. USAID will work closely with international, host governments, USG, and private sector entities to coordinate activities and ensure that USAID's involvement is consistent with that of the global health community.
Originally posted by Cameoii
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
It is strange that government agencies had enough foresight to plan drills, but never had a contract such as this before. Surely they knew that commodities would be compromised by a workforce with 40% of employees gone.
PHOENIX - A woman in Arizona suffering from a lung condition has apparently become the fourth person in the nation to die with swine flu, authorities said Thursday.
The U.S. has the most cases, with 5,469 confirmed in 48 states as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been six confirmed deaths in the U.S., with three in Texas, two in Arizona and one in Washington. The possible death of a 16-month old child in New York has not been confirmed yet.
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with over 30 vaccine manufacturers from developing and developed countries at WHO headquarters today.
Both the Director-General and the Secretary-General stressed the importance of assuring that any eventual vaccine for Influenza A(H1N1) was made available in a spirit of equity and fairness, and invited the manufacturers to continue to work with them to develop a strategy for this. Industry representatives affirmed their wish to cooperate in making supplies available to developing countries, and said they stood ready to produce the vaccine when requested.
WASHINGTON — The rapid spread of swine flu from Mexico surprised Pentagon officials who had been focused on a possible Asian-borne pandemic in a response plan that would give the military a last-resort role in helping to impose quarantines and border restrictions.
In interviews, Pentagon officials repeatedly expressed concerns about alarming the public, stressing that the plan would unfold only in a crisis situation and under orders from the president.
Northern Command briefing documents obtained by The Associated Press include explicit assumptions that intelligence oversight laws and the Posse Comitatus Act would remain in effect. Under that 1½-century-old law, federal troops are prohibited from performing domestic law enforcement actions such as making arrests, seizing property or searching people.
In extreme cases, however, the president can invoke the Insurrection Act, also from the US Civil War era, which allows the use of active-duty or National Guard troops for law enforcement.
The military, however, would be prepared to aid in establishing "mass casualty" treatment sites, provide shelter for displaced persons, dispose of dead bodies and help provide postal, power, water and sewer services and food deliveries. Troops also could provide logistics, communications and other support for law enforcement and the National Guard.
Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced the signing of an agreement with the Mexican authorities to build a 100 million euro facility to manufacture influenza vaccine in Mexico.
The announcement was made during a ceremony attended by Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, and Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, who was in Mexico City for a State visit.
This facility will be built and operated by sanofi pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, which was represented at the ceremony by Chris Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer of sanofiaventis. "By building this new facility, sanofi-aventis is proud to contribute to the strengthening of Mexico's health infrastructure and is eager to support Mexico's exemplary commitment to public health through influenza immunization and pandemic readiness", said Chris Viehbacher. "This investment illustrates sanofi-aventis' local approach to global health. This facility will benefit public health in Mexico and the Latin American region, in the context of influenza pandemic preparedness".
Typically, most flu cases don’t last longer than a week, with two weeks on the outside if a person is reinfected by the virus , he said.
But a CDC spokesperson says the report shows an unexpected link between obesity and bad outcomes of flu.
Dr. Anne Schuchat says the link made the CDC wonder whether obese people need different treatment approaches to protect them against influenza.
"We were surprised by the frequency of obesity among the severe cases that we've been tracking," Schuchat says.
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by Aeons
This has been the plan all along. For decades, the goal of the UN (WHO is just a specialized branch of the UN) has been to vaccinate the world.
Enough with the pussy footing around....folks, I will be laying it out on the table here. This flu was created by TPTB as a means of population reduction...and I intend to post pages of proof.
The baby boy who died less than an hour after being hospitalized with severe flulike symptoms Monday night was not infected with the swine flu, Health Department officials said Tuesday night.
- A medical centre has been set up at Kabul airport to deal with possible cases, but country cannot afford screening equipment and is relying on other countries to scan outbound passengers
- The WHO has donated $500,000 worth of Tamiflu, which will cover 30,360 people.
- Stockpiled 8.7 million doses of the antivirals Tamiflu and Relenza, enough to cover 41 percent of its 21 million population.
- Screening incoming passengers at all airports, seaports and border transit points since the outbreak of the virus
- Health ministry officials say the country has sufficient supplies of oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, which is produced locally
- Local drug companies have been told to prepare to increase their production of oseltamivir in case of an emergency
- Issues temporary bans on importing pork from countries with high numbers of flu cases
- Screening incoming visitors at main airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, home of the Angkor temples, the country's biggest tourist destination
- Maintains a stockpile of 15,750 packets of Tamiflu
- Four cases, all imported
- Aims to stockpile enough antivirals for one percent of its 1.3 billion citizens
- Stepped up personal hygiene campaigns, checks at airports, including requiring visitors to fill out health status declarations.
- Three cases, all imported and the city is expecting local cases to crop up anytime
- Instead of quarantining close contacts of patients, they can stay home but will need to report daily to government clinics where they will be given prophylactic drugs
- Authorities have 20 million doses of Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs to treat 2 million people in this city of 7 million people
- Government has indicated a wish to buy vaccines from producers. Screening has been stepped up at all entry points
- Raising Tamiflu stocks to 10 million from 3 million
- Plans to develop a H1N1 flu vaccine but has yet to decide which local drug manufacturers will produce it
- Health ministry has stockpiled millions of face masks. It is training medics to recognise and treat the H1N1 virus and has designated certain hospitals to receive those infected
- Temperature scanners installed at 10 airports and ports. Blanket ban on pig imports
- At least 3 million Tamiflu capsules in stock for a population of 226 million.
- 207 confirmed cases in the western prefectures of Hyogo and Osaka. Almost all of the infected are teenagers
- Stockpiles of Tamiflu enough for 33.8 million people, in a country with a total population of 128 million. Government has ordered an amount for another 8.3 million citizens. Central government has enough Relenza for 2.68 million people, while local govts are either holding or have purchased additional Relenza for another 1.33 million citizens
- No plans to increase stockpiles of antibiotics, but the country is working to produce new H1N1 vaccines
- Apart from renewed calls for personal hygiene, about 4,500 schools in western Japan are closed until May 22.
- Boosting Tamiflu stockpile to cover 10 percent of its 27 million population from 7.5 percent currently
- Confirmed cases mostly students who returned from Mexico
- Has a national stockpile of nearly 1.4 million doses of Tamiflu and Relenza, which will cover just under one-third of the 4.3 million population
- Health authorities have been screening flights from North America, regarded as the region of greatest risk
- Tamiflu stockpile estimated at 1.17 million capsules. The Philippines has a population of 90 million.
- Four confirmed cases including one Vietnamese traveller who arrived in transit from Seattle on Sunday
- Current Tamiflu stockpile covers 2.5 million people. Has signed deals to secure an additional 2.7 million doses of Tamiflu and Relenza, which would increase its total stockpile to cover 10 percent of its population of about 49 million people.
- Stockpiles of Tamiflu and Relenza are enough to cover 10 percent of population of 23 million
- No orders to produce vaccines, though the government has talked to pharmaceuticals about the possibility
- Maintains a stockpile of 3.2 million doses of Tamiflu and has materials to produce another 1 million tablets. It has a population of 65 million
- Screens and keeps database of visitors from abroad
- Visitors arriving from flu-affected countries are being isolated and nationals advised not to visit affected areas
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest city of more than 8 million people, has stocks of Tamiflu enough for 1 million.
- Health ministers from ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea pledge to boost drug stockpiles, share essential supplies and tighten surveillance against a virus that poses an "imminent health threat"
- Has 500,000 courses of antivirals stockpiled in Singapore and another 500,000 distributed among ASEAN member states.
20 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 20 May 2009, 41 countries have officially reported 10 243 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 80 deaths.
Alabama 64 cases 0 deaths
Arkansas 3 cases 0 deaths
Arizona 488 cases 2 deaths
California 553 cases 0 deaths
Colorado 55 cases 0 deaths
Connecticut 59 cases 0 deaths
Delaware 88 cases 0 deaths
Florida 122 cases 0 deaths
Georgia 25 cases 0 deaths
Hawaii 26 cases 0 deaths
Idaho 8 cases 0 deaths
Illinois 794 cases 0 deaths
Indiana 105 cases 0 deaths
Iowa 71 cases 0 deaths
Kansas 34 cases 0 deaths
Kentucky** 20 cases 0 deaths
Louisiana 73 cases 0 deaths
Maine 9 cases 0 deaths
Maryland 39 cases 0 deaths
Massachusetts 175 cases 0 deaths
Michigan 171 cases 0 deaths
Minnesota 39 cases 0 deaths
Mississippi 5 cases 0 deaths
Missouri 20 cases 1 deaths
Montana 9 cases 0 deaths
Nebraska 28 cases 0 deaths
Nevada 33 cases 0 deaths
New Hampshire 22 cases 0 deaths
New Jersey 22 cases 0 deaths
New Mexico 68 cases 0 deaths
New York 284 cases 1 deaths
North Carolina 12 cases 0 deaths
North Dakota 5 cases 0 deaths
Ohio 13 cases 0 deaths
Oklahoma 43 cases 0 deaths
Oregon 94 cases 0 deaths
Pennsylvania 55 cases 0 deaths
Rhode Island 8 cases 0 deaths
South Carolina 36 cases 0 deaths
South Dakota 4 cases 0 deaths
Tennessee 86 cases 0 deaths
Texas 556 cases 3 deaths
Utah 72 cases 0 deaths
Vermont 1 cases 0 deaths
Virginia 23 cases 0 deaths
Washington 411 cases 1 death
Washington, D.C. 13 cases 0 deaths
Wisconsin 766 cases 0 deaths
TOTAL*(48) 5,710 cases 8 deaths
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed Tuesday afternoon that another person in the state has died of the H1N1 flu.
The first Utahn believed to have died due to the new H1N1 swine flu was a young person who did not have underlying health issues, said David Sundwall, executive director of the state health department.
He said he was troubled by what he called "flu fatigue. It is not bogus. It is not trumped up. It is not false. It is real."
And state epidemiologist Robert Rolfs told lawmakers, "We need to be ready for it to do something unexpected."
ScienceDaily (May 20, 2009) — The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego
They found that children who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine.
In asthmatic children, there was a significantly higher risk of hospitalization in subjects who received the TIV, as compared to those who did not