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June 5 PORTLAND, Maine~ Swine flu has made its way into the Cumberland County Jail, where WGME-TV reports that there are at least two cases. Sheriff Mark Dion is to address the media Friday afternoon.
June 5 |SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Officials say a jail inmate in Syracuse has the swine flu, and that's causing concern among deputies and inmates that they could be exposed. Jail officials say the 34-year-old male inmate remains in the Onondaga County Justice Center's general population. But he's only allowed out of his cell when other inmates are in theirs.
June 5 | Bronx, New York (US) Don't forget to wash your hands really well once you leave the Bronx courthouse. Four assistant Bronx prosecutors are believed to have contracted swine flu, officials told The Post this afternoon.
June 5 | Spain (ES) | 291 cases confirmed
source | MADRID (AP) - Spain's Health Ministry has reported a huge jump in the number of swine flu cases in the country, which have risen more than 70 percent to 291 in a week. Spain updates its total swine flu cases only once a week, on Fridays. Last Friday the number was 167...
June 5 | France (FR) | 1 death possible
An American veteran, who was in Normandy for several days for the ceremonies of the 65th anniversary of D-Day, died this morning. The man, aged 85, was staying at the hotel l.Amirauté in Touques, near Deauville. The staff of the hotel told police that since his arrival he had had symptons of type A flu. The state prosecutor of Lisieux, Bruno Dieudonné, remains cautious : « This elderly person was suffering from a serious illness. There is no evidence to show that his death was suspicious. » However, the group accompanying him stayed at the hotel as a precautionary measure. Health authorities are carrying out tests and should have the results rapidly
June 5 | New York [Rikers Island] (US) | 64 cases confirmd, 12 new cases probable Fox 5 interviewed a Rikers Island correction officer who has one of the toughest jobs in the city -- guarding the meanest inmates you could find. But now there's the unseen enemy -- swine flu -- and it's sweeping the jail.
"They shoot you with urine, feces," the officer says, referring to inmates. He worries that he could bring home the virus to his family.
The spread is frightening too: 10 new swine cases confirmed Thursday, 12 more possible cases. So far, 64 inmates infected, plus three correction officers and 2 others who work there.
By Anemona Hartocollis
New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has confirmed an eighth death linked to swine flu, the first of a person older than 63, officials said Friday.
Jessica Scaperotti, a spokeswoman for the department, declined to release further identifying details, but she said the victim had underlying complications that increased the risk of death.
Health officials have said that such complications include being over 65, under 2, having respiratory or immune system problems or being obese, among others
Possible swine flu death announced; if confirmed, it's the third in El Paso
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health today announced that the death of a 43-year-old El Paso County man on Thursday might be linked to the novel influenza A (H1N1).
The man died at a local hospital. Laboratory tests conducted before he passed away indicated he might have the novel flu virus. His influenza-like illness was identified as probable H1N1 case. Further laboratory tests are pending. It is not clear yet what role, if any, the H1N1 virus played in his death.
This is the third fatality in El Paso County this year investigated by the Department of Public Health. A 24-year-old woman died on May 24 and a 42-year-old man died on May 19. The epidemiological investigation into the first two deaths is ongoing.
SANTO DOMINGO - The first swine flu death was confirmed in the Dominican Republic on Friday, with a pregnant teenager becoming the first person to die of the virus in the Caribbean nation.
Secretary of Public Health Bautista Rojas Gomez announced the teen had died, making the Caribbean nation the sixth country to register a fatality from the A(H1N1) virus.
The teen "died at an assistance center in Santo Domingo from A(H1N1)," Rojas said.
Health authorities also confirmed 44 cases of the disease.
Last week officials rebuffed a Russian claim that the Caribbean island was underreporting its cases in a bid to boost tourism.
"We fear that in reality, the situation is very different," Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief sanitary inspector, told the Interfax news agency after Santo Domingo reported only two cases but a number of Russians were sickened after visiting the island.
Several earlier swine flu cases in South America, including Peru, were linked to people who traveled to the Dominican Republic.
A Pierce County woman with a confirmed case of swine flu has died after being hospitalized for two weeks, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced this evening.
The woman, who was not identified, was in her 20s. No other information was released.
More information on swine flu and prevention is available at www.tpchd.org.
A pregnant woman who was admitted to hospital in Scotland after contracting swine flu has given birth prematurely.
The baby was born on Monday afternoon, at 29 weeks' gestation, in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. The child is stable in intensive care.
The 38-year-old mother, who is said to be critically ill, is one of several people in hospital with the virus.
The total number of swine flu cases in the UK reached 508 after another 49 cases were confirmed on Friday.
The other people in hospital with the virus include a 44-year-old woman from Renfrewshire who is in intensive care, a women aged 23, and two men aged 45 and 37.
A woman from the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory who has swine flu says she has been left in the dark by health authorities and went hungry for days because she is in quarantine.
The Health Department confirmed the swine flu case after Crystal Johnson, 35, contacted the ABC to talk about her condition.
Ms Johnson, who lives on Bathurst Island north of Darwin, says health authorities did not warn other residents the virus had arrived in the community.
She says she returned to Bathurst Island from a trip to Cairns last weekend and started to feel sick.
"I'm a chronic diabetic and it really affected me bad ... I had bad aches and pains in my joints," she said.
Ms Johnson says she met a lot of people on Monday before she went to the health clinic, and she is angry the community has not been told about the case.
"I don't want to be responsible ... if anyone passes away and things like that," she said.
"My community don't realise how it's a really bad flu and we live in a third world state here in the Northern Territory, up here on Bathurst Island."
She is now in quarantine and says she was hungry for three days because she could not leave her home.
Ms Johnson says she could not get food or call for help.
"I feel like I've been locked away in my own house," she said.
"For the last three days I didn't have any food. It was really hard for me to go outside and to actually get something to eat.
Where did the A (H1N1) flu come from? Residents of the Mexican town where the first case was diagnosed say that a US-owned factory just a few miles down the road, which produces 950,000 pigs a year, is to blame. A blogger from the area went to the factory to look into the conditions.
Received 19 November 2008/Accepted 6 February 2009