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Strategic National Stockpile and Vaccine Development Recommendations:
1. Maintaining the Strategic National Stockpile -- making sure enough antiviral medications, vaccinations,
and equipment are available to protect Americans, which includes replenishing the stockpile
when medications and supplies are used;
2. Vaccine development and production -- enhancing the biomedical research and development
abilities of the United States to rapidly develop and produce a vaccine; and
3. Vaccinating all Americans -- ensuring that all Americans would be able to be inoculated in a short period
MILWAUKEE – Health officials in a half dozen states reported deaths from swine flu on Thursday, and said all six patients had been diagnosed with other health problems
An adult living in Milwaukee became Wisconsin's first resident to die with the H1N1 virus. City Health Commissioner Bevan Baker would not release any details except to say that the person had a common underlying health condition that he would not specify.
Pennsylvania also reported its first death from the illness. The 55-year-old Berks County woman who died with the flu had significant underlying health issues, a health department spokeswoman said.
In Illinois, a 74-year-old man from Gurnee died Tuesday, according to the Lake County Health Department. Officials said he had significant medical conditions that increased his vulnerability.
Officials in California said a 9-year-old Concord girl had been diagnosed with swine flu and had a bacterial infection before she died May 29. The patient who died in Utah also was under 18, according to Gary Edwards, executive director of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.
In Arizona, a 64-year-old woman living in Pinal County became the fifth person in the state to die from complications of swine flu, authorities said. The woman had underlying health conditions and was being treated for pneumonia at the time of her death last week, health officials said.
The Navy is prepared to deal with pandemic influenza, an epidemic of infectious flu, if an outbreak happens. That's the message by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Robert F. Willard in his latest Rat-Pac Report podcast, posted Jan. 28.
"The U.S. Pacific Fleet is part of a broader joint and combined effort to be prepared to deal with a pandemic flu outbreak," Willard said. "Our medical researchers continue to study the prevention of this and the response strategies associated with this."
"The Bureau of Medicine has been very helpful in this regard and, in the meantime, we in the Pacific Fleet will be on guard and prepared to help should a pandemic influenza ever occur," Willard said.
"Back in 1918, a worldwide (influenza) epidemic was started in an Army camp in Kansas and moved east," said Willard. "Sailors in Philadelphia and Boston died by the hundreds; millions of people died worldwide within weeks.
"This is not to frighten you but to illustrate how dangerous a pandemic influenza strain that we are unfamiliar with could be for the world, let alone the nation."
En horas de la tarde de ayer dejó de existir en la Clínica Alemana de Temuco, Eduardo Paredes Pino, quien la semana pasada había sido trasladado desde Puerto Montt hasta la región de La Araucanía, con diagnóstico de neumonía bilateral y posible contagio con el virus de la Influenza Humana.
Originally posted by nanbei
California 3rd. victim and USA 31st - Mercury News
The child also had a secondary bacterial infection.
Bay Area records first death tied to swine flu
Erin Allday,Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writers
Friday, June 5, 2009
(06-04) 14:37 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A 9-year-old Concord girl who died last week had the swine flu, making her the first Bay Area death connected to the new virus, public health officials announced Thursday.
Karen Perez, a fourth-grader at El Monte Elementary School in Concord, was otherwise healthy with no known medical conditions that would complicate her recovery, according to Contra Costa County school and health officials.
She died May 29 but the state wasn't able to confirm that she had swine flu until Wednesday. She had a secondary bacterial infection and officials haven't yet determined whether her death was the result of swine flu, said Dr. Wendel Brunner, Contra Costa County's Public Health director.
"Tragically, in this case, this child did not recover," Brunner said during a news conference Thursday.
MADISON HEIGHTS — At least 15 officers at the Madison Heights Police Department have either called in sick or exhibited flu-like symptoms since May 26, including one who tested positive for influenza A, of which the H1N1 “swine flu” is a possible strain.
Another officer’s health worsened to the point that he was airlifted from Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he was in serious condition as of press time.
According to Sgt. Richard Lochbiler of the Madison Heights Police Department, the number of sick officers surged over a three-day period from May 26-28 and continued throughout the week.
“They didn’t all call in sick, but they all have flu-like symptoms. Respiratory infections, colds, body aches, chills, fevers,” said Lochbiler. “The severity varied per person. You might have some person with body aches or cold, a 24-hour deal, then they’re back and fine.”
“Myself, I was given antibiotics right away, and I took a vacation day off to get away. Then after three days I just have a sinus infection lingering, I’m still on antibiotics, and it should be gone in day,” he added