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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today that a 43-year-old male from Kay County is the state’s first novel H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) death in the state.
The patient had sought medical care for his flu symptoms but had not been hospitalized. He did have underlying chronic medical conditions, including asthma.
“We are very sad to learn of this death and our sympathies go out to this man’s family,” said Interim Commissioner of Health Rocky McElvany.
An Obama administration plan to help finance swine flu vaccine production would draw $3 billion from a fund established in 2004 to prepare the nation for chemical, biological and nuclear attacks, the Washington Post reported today (see GSN, May 7).
Former Senators Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and James Talent (R-Mo.) yesterday sent President Barack Obama a letter criticizing the plan to take money for the swine flu vaccine from the Project Bioshield Special Reserve Fund.
"Using Bioshield funds for flu preparedness will severely diminish the nation's efforts to prepare for WMD events and will leave the nation less, not more, prepared," said the former lawmakers who now head the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.
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A middle-aged man who had "pre-existing health conditions" is the first person in Orange County to die of Swine Flu, or the H1N1 virus, officials said Monday.
"Our hearts and sympathies go out to this man’s family," County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler said. “His death is a sad reminder of the serious threat posed by H1N1 influenza and other influenza viruses. It is important for everyone to continue practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene to limit the transmission of influenza germs from person to person."
The man, whose name was not released, is the fourth Californian to die of swine flu, and statewide there have been more than 1,000 confirmed and probable cases of H1N1influenza virus. As of June 8, Orange County reported 86 confirmed and probable cases. While most cases of novel H1N1 flu have been relatively mild, at least 62 infected people in the state have been hospitalized. Most of those hospitalized had underlying medical conditions.
MONTREAL - Health officials say a Quebec woman has become the fourth Canadian to die after getting swine flu.
Dr. Alain Poirier says the woman from the Quebec City area died on Friday, three days after she began showing symptoms.
Poirier says she was older than 65 but he did not have her exact age.
He says she had not travelled recently to Mexico.
It is the first reported swine flu death in Quebec.
Two Toronto men who had the H-1-N-1 flu virus died in May, while a 39-year-old northern Alberta woman died in late April.
A Marion County woman with confirmed novel H1N1 (swine) influenza died on Sunday.
"We are saddened by this death, and our hearts go out to the family," said Dr. Karen Landers, health officer for Marion County. "It's an unfortunate reminder of the seriousness of flu."
This is the first death of a person with novel H1N1 influenza in Oregon and the 28th in the nation. Strains of seasonal flu affect an estimated one in 10 Oregonians annually, and account for approximately 400 annual Oregon deaths and 36,000 nationwide. As of today, there is no indication that the H1N1 influenza is more dangerous than other strains of flu.
The Marion County woman was hospitalized for eight days prior to her death. She had multiple underlying health conditions, which placed her at high risk for infection and complications.
NEW YORK - New York City has recorded its ninth death from swine flu.
The city health department said on its Web site Monday that the victim was over age 50 and had an underlying health condition that made the flu more dangerous.
Health spokeswoman Erin Brady declined to say when the victim died or release any details about the death, citing patient privacy policies.
HER daughter may have been born three months premature, but doctors had to resort to inducing this early birth to save the mother, who was critically ill from Influenza A (H1N1).
Now, both mother and baby are being monitored in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, near Glasgow, reported Daily Mail.
Her 29-week-old baby, who has been transferred to a specialist unit, is not thought to have contracted the flu.
The Sun, quoting an unnamed source, said the two are still in a 'serious condition'.
A 26-year-old nurse who helped treat her at another hospital was also infected with the H1N1 flu.
A spokesman for the Royal Alexandra Hospital confirmed the delivery and said: 'The baby is clinically stable and receiving appropriate medical and nursing care.'
It is not known how the mother was infected.
SANTIAGO, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Health Ministry reported on Monday the third death in the country due to the influenza A/H1N1 virus.
The patient, a 37-year-old man, arrived on very bad health condition to the Central Hospital of Santiago where he died short after being hospitalized, authorities said.
This case is added to the deaths of Fernando Vera Maldonado and Juan Humberto Pozas both from Los Lagos region, which has the largest number of confirmed cases in the country.
According to the last report of the Health Ministry till Friday there were 890 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in the country.
Chile was the fifth country in the world, after the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica, to have reported a death due to H1N1 flu.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba health officials were investigating a sudden spike in the number of people requiring intensive care for flu-like illnesses Monday, while Quebec reported its first death related to swine flu.
There were 26 Manitobans on ventilators due to flu as of Monday, and that's in addition to the 30 or so people who are on ventilators on an average day for a wide variety of illnesses. The spike prompted the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to order 15 additional machines.
"We're seeing a number of severe cases of influenza-like illness," said Dr. Joel Kettner, Manitoba's chief public health officer.
"What we've observed is really more severe than what we would expect to see or have seen with typical seasonal influenza in the past."
While the vast majority of people who have contracted the flu have not required hospitalization, the new swine flu seems to be hitting certain groups hard - aboriginals and people between 20 and 60, Kettner said.
A 12-year-old girl from Fort Bend County died May 26 at Texas Children's Hospital. Officials say in addition to the flu, the girl had severe underlying health problems.
The victim attended school in Fort Bend County, but since school is already out, no special measures will be taken.
Fort Bend County now has 36 confirmed cases of swine flu. Five people with the disease have died in Texas, including a boy from Mexico City who died in a Houston hospital. There are 1,800 cases being reported in Texas
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the product during a recent inspection. The FDA is warning consumers to not use any Clarcon products.
Consumers should not use any Clarcon products and should throw these products away in household refuse. Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage. Examples of products that should be discarded include:
Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment
Skin Shield Restaurant
Skin Shield Industrial
Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion
Total Skin Care Beauty
Total Skin Care Work
Findings from the FDA’s recent inspection of the Clarcon facility are particularly concerning because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. The inspection uncovered serious deviations from FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements.
Originally posted by JBA2848
Experimental Infection of Pigs with the Human 1918 Pandemic
Received 19 November 2008/Accepted 6 February 2009
So looking at the date on this report they were doing this not to long ago. Has to make you wonder?
Recently, the 1918/rec virus (14, 37) was demonstrated to be
highly pathogenic in mice (37), ferrets (38), and nonhuman
primates (14). This report describes experimental infection of
swine with the 1918 influenza virus with the hemagglutinin of
the 1918 South Carolina influenza virus isolate in comparison
to the H1N1 swine influenza virus isolate from the year 1930.
The A/swine/Iowa/15/1930 was chosen as a reference virus
because it is thought to be a descendant of the 1918 pandemic
influenza virus. The aim of this work was to gain some insight
into influenza infections of swine during the 1918 influenza
pandemic by determining whether the 1918 human influenza
virus can infect and replicate in swine and cause clinical disease
and lesions in the infected animals.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
All live virus work with the 1918/rec pandemic influenza virus was performed
in the biosafety level 4 laboratory and animal cubicle at the National Centre for
Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD).
Viruses. Viruses used in this study were rescued using reverse genetics. Plasmids
for the influenza viruses were transfected into cocultures of MDCK and
293T cells using Lipofectamine 2000 (Invitrogen) as described by Schickli et al.
(25). The generation of infectious influenza virus from the transfections was
assessed by plaque assay of the culture supernatants on MDCK cells.
(i) H1N1 1918/rec virus. Although the H1N1 1918/rec virus was previously
rescued at the CDC (37), in order to perform the studies at NCFAD, the virus
CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE Amex: CVM | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating) announced today that it is expanding the pre-clinical testing of its flu vaccine, utilizing its proprietary L.E.A.P.S. technology (Ligand Epitope Antigen Presentation System) to determine its efficacy against the more dangerous and virulent virus strains that may arise during the up coming winter flu season.
The Company has begun pre-clinical formulation, evaluation and testing of a new application of its L.E.A.P.S vaccine, which will allow the targeting of "mutated" versions of H1N1 swine and other influenza viruses. It is believed that the influenza virus may mutate and evolve between now and the winter flu season. In conjunction with the testing, CEL-SCI has produced several L.E.A.P.S. flu vaccines that focus on the conserved, non changing epitopes of the different strains of Type A Influenza viruses (H1N1, H5N1, H3N1, etc.), including "swine", "avian or bird", and "Spanish Influenza", in order to minimize the chance of viral "escape by mutations" from immune recognition.