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A White House official tells Fox that a female administrative employee with the Secret Service is being treated for swine flu in Normandy, France, and is in "respiratory isolation" and will remain there until "some time next week."
Other government employees who worked closely with the Secret Service employee have been put in a temporary medical quarantine, the official said.
The White House said the employee, who was not identified, is based in Atlanta and flew on a commercial flight to Paris, landing there Tuesday before heading with a team of nearly a dozen other US government employees to Normandy. The employee began showing symptoms of the H1N1 virus (otherwise known as the swine flu) on Thursday and was first treated at a small hospital in Normandy but later transferred to a bigger hospital to be placed in "respiratory isolation."
The other government employees -- described to Fox as part of the Secret Service, the US embassy and White House staff -- have been evaluated and given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu. As a precaution, they were quarantined in their Normandy hotel rooms for 24 hours. That quarantine is due to end late Friday, the official said.
The White House medical staff is in "close contact" with medical officials in Normandy. The official said it is unclear if the Secret Service employee now in respiratory isolation contracted the H1N1 virus in the US or in France.
The data also suggests that the virus may not be slowed by summer temperatures in temperate countries. However, it spreads slowly enough to respond to the "social distancing" measures used in Mexico
The number of confirmed cases of H1N1 virus in the state of Ohio has increased to 24 according to the Ohio Department of Health. The latest confirmed case is a 15 year old female from Clark County.
Here is the county breakdown of the Ohio cases: Butler County – 1 (30 year old male), Clark County - 4 (15 year old male, 25 year old male, 12 year old male, 15 year old female), Cuyahoga County – 2 (41 year old female, 9 year old male), Franklin County – 10 (31 year old male, 33 year old male, 18 year old male, 20 year old female, 19 year old female, 21 year old male, 20 year old male, 22 year old female, 23 year old female, 19 year old male), Fulton County – 1 (10 year old female), Hamilton County – 1 (21 year old male), Holmes County – 1 (47 year old female), Knox County - 1 (45 year old male), Lorain County – 1 (9 year old male), Lucas County – 1 (14 year old female), Portage County – 1 (39 year old female).
There are now 19 suspected cases in the state of Ohio. Locally, there was one case in Trumbull County that was tested but ruled out and Columbiana County had three cases ruled out. So far, there haven't been any cases submitted for testing in Mahoning County.
moved to a new strategy for monitoring swine flu (H1N1) and will no longer test all cases. As a result, there will be no daily updates of numbers of probable or confirmed cases by county. Updates will be posted on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., and will include only the total number of hospitalized and fatal cases of lab-confirmed swine flu (H1N1) in Washington.
Canada's swine flu case count has increased nearly 20 per cent over the past few days, largely due to a rise in cases in Ontario, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
As of Friday, there were 1,336 cases in nine provinces and two territories.
That's an increase of 218 cases since Wednesday, when the agency last reported the number of confirmed infections with the H1N1 virus.
The main increase occurred in Ontario, where the count rose by 131 cases to 626.
Quebec reported the second largest increase, up 46 cases to 253.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin has more confirmed cases of the swine flu than any other state.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported 1,430 confirmed cases.
Wisconsin officials say the number of cases here is nothing to worry about. They say the number largely reflects the state's efficiency in testing suspected cases.
Department of Health Services spokesman Seth Boffeli says the Wisconsin cases have been relatively mild.
Nationally, the CDC has reported 8,975 cases of swine flu. Texas is second with 1,403 cases.
Illinois also has widespread testing and is third with 1,002 cases.
Information from: The Post-Crescent, www.postcrescent.com...
NEW South Wales' top doctor has been given sweeping new powers to force reluctant swine flu victims into quarantine and shut schools as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd underwent testing for the disease.
State Health Minister John Della Bosca said yesterday he had strengthened NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant's powers for 28 days as the number of confirmed cases in NSW rose by six to 54 and the national tally passed 250.
Mr Della Bosca's announcement came as Prime Minister was tested for swine flu on his return from Singapore yesterday after complaining of a sore throat, The Sunday Telegraph reports.
Mr Rudd and his entourage were kept on the plane for about 20 minutes while they waited for a health official to test the Prime Minister.
Mr Rudd is understood to have complained of a sore throat following his 24-hour trip to Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue, an Asia-Pacific defence and security gathering.
The spread outside Melbourne comes as authorities confirmed an Austin Hospital employee had contracted the virus, and doctors warned they were rapidly running out of equipment to protect themselves from infection.
Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victorian president Dr Harry Hemley said an urgent call had gone out for access to national stockpiles of masks, gowns, gloves and Tamiflu.
'We're running out of the necessary equipment to help protect the staff ... from contracting the swine flu and also we're running out of masks also to protect our patients in the waiting rooms as well,' he said.
'To help limit the spread, it's very important to have that equipment so we're actually calling on the federal government to release their stockpile.'