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LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Health District says a 70-year-old woman has died of the H1N1 flu virus in the Las Vegas area. It is the first H1N1 flu-related death in Clark County.
The SNHD said it believed the woman was in town from New York to visit family. Her illness was identified shortly after she arrived in Las Vegas, and she was hospitalized shortly after.
She had underlying medical conditions that can cause more severe illness and complications with influenza. The health district will not release additional details.
It is not yet clear whether or not she was infected by the swine flu virus in Las Vegas.
A girl in Fort Bend County has died of swine flu, bringing the state’s total to six H1N1 flu deaths.
The girl died at the end of last month, according to the Department of State Health Services.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's government is asking two towns to close down nearly all public venues to prevent the spread of swine flu.
Health Secretary Celso Cerezo said the virus has infected 96 people in the Central America country, including 11 in the last 24 hours. Most have recovered.
On Wednesday, Guatemala suspended all schools nationwide until at least July 1.
Cerezo said most of the cases have been reported in two small southern towns, Palin and Santa Lucia. The government recommended Friday that those towns close restaurants, bars movie, theaters, churches and other public venues until the epidemic subsides.
ScienceInsider recently asked Plummer by email about the results from the tests of the carpenter’s sera. Plummer did not respond but his spokesperson on 3 June wrote that PHAC was “unable to answer questions related to specific cases.” The spokesperson suggested that the Province of Alberta might have more information, but the chief medical officer there also cited privacy reasons for not discussing the case.
ScienceInsider then contacted the carpenter, Adrian Blaak, who from the outset publicly questioned the assertion that he even had the H1N1 virus. Although Blaak acknowledges he wasn’t feeling well the day he worked on the farm, he told ScienceInsider, “I still don’t believe I infected the pigs.” Blaak was surprised that officials had yet to inform him about the results from his blood tests, and he was planning to ask for them.
Veterinarian Jim Clark, CFIA’s lead spokesperson about the novel H1N1 infection of the Alberta pigs, discussed the case with ScienceInsider on 9 June. Clark revealed that CFIA has not received information from PHAC about the blood tests of Blaak and others on the farm who had flu-like symptoms. Although CFIA remains convinced a human infected the pigs, the agency has downgraded Blaak’s role from “highly probable” status, Clark revealed. He also said he did not know of any confirmed human cases of the novel H1N1 virus in the vicinity of the fairly remote Alberta farm.
ECDC situation report on influenza A(H1N1)v
6/13/2009 5:00:00 PM
In the past 24 hours, 237 new cases were confirmed in EU and EFTA countries. 6 315 new cases were reported from non EU and EFTA countries. The ECDC report gives an update of confirmed cases as of today, 13 June, 17:00 hours CEST.
MONTREAL (AFP) — A fifth person has died of swine flu in Canada since the outbreak of the A(H1N1) virus began two months ago, a Canadian health official said on Saturday.
"It was a man in the Montreal region who was under quarantine," physician Alain Poirier told reporters, adding the man suffered from chronic health problems that weakened his immune system.
Health authorities on Friday reported 540 additional cases of swine flu, bringing the country's total since the start of the outbreak to more than 3,515 cases.
entertainment establishments on Phuket Island were asked during a meeting Saturday to close their businesses for five days so that the owner would have enough time to clean and spray their places. The request was made after an employee of one entertainment centre was found to have contracted the virus, becoming the first case to have been reported in the popular resort. Blood tests on 26 employees of Phuket nightlife and other entertainment venues on the island believed to have come into close contact with Hong Kong tourists who returned home recently and were diagnosed with the virus, will be known later Saturday.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A third Salt Lake Valley resident has died from complications of the swine flu.
Craig Whitehead says his sister, Franice Rushton, 47, got sick after his mom was diagnosed with type-A flu.
Rushton initially tested negative for the flu, but continued to feel worse.
They took her to the doctor and Jordan Valley Hospital, where they found she was suffering from pneumonia and her kidneys were beginning to fail.
Whitehead says she eventually ended up at Intermountain Medical Center, where she got a positive test for the swine flu. He says by that time the flu had gone untreated for too long, and she died Saturday.
Whitehead says he wanted to get the word out so that people would not become complacent.
The Salt Lake Valley Health Department confirmed the death.
Their research supports the hypothesis that the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and the virus causing the swine flu were the same. Richt said the virus was able to infect and replicate in swine and cause mild respiratory disease. The 1918 virus spread through the pig population, adapted to the swine and resulted in the current lineage of the H1N1 swine influenza viruses. The researchers' study is published in the May 2009 Journal of Virology.
"This study emphasizes that an influenza virus, which is known to induce a lethal infection in ferrets and macaques, is not highly virulent in pigs, indicating a potential resistance of swine to highly virulent influenza viruses," Richt said. "It also suggests that pigs could have played a role in maintaining and spreading the 1918 human pandemic influenza virus."
Bangkok - Thailand's confirmed cases of the H1N1 swine-flu virus jumped to 106 Saturday, a five-fold leap in three days, health officials said. "Altogether 106 swine flu cases were confirmed today," Thai Health Minister Wittaya Kaewparadai said. "All of them are now being placed in special wards to prevent the virus from spreading," the minister told the Bangkok Post online news service.
As of Wednesday, Thailand had only 16 confirmed cases of H1N1.
With the cases initially limited to Bangkok, this week there have been reported cases of swine flu in popular Thai beach resorts such as Pattaya, Phuket and Songkhla. Two of the cases in Pattaya were Taiwanese tourists.
A Scot has died after contracting swine flu in the first death linked to the condition in the UK.
A Scottish Government statement said: "With regret, we can confirm that one of the patients who had been in hospital, and had been confirmed as suffering from the H1N1 virus, has died today.
"The patient had underlying health conditions.
advertisementAt the family's request, to allow them some time to come to terms with their loss, no further details will be released tonight."
Earlier, the Scottish Government said that nearly 500 Scots have now been confirmed as having swine flu.
Thirty-five new cases have been confirmed in Scotland, taking the total number to 498, officials said.
MONTREAL — Quebec's public health department has confirmed a third death in the province linked to the H1N1 flu virus.
Health officials say the victim was a woman in her 50s with an underlying chronic illness.
They also confirm 40 new cases of the swine flu in the province, which brings the total number of people infected in Quebec since April to 873.
Six more people have been hospitalized, bringing the total to 124.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says just over five per cent of the people confirmed to have swine flu in this country have been treated in hospital.
The agency estimates one-quarter of those hospitalized had an underlying medical condition.
H1N1 flu » Death count from illness rises to four in Utah
Two Utahns died of the H1N1 swine flu recently, health officials confirmed Sunday, bringing the number of deaths in the state from the illness to four.
The new cases involved Salt Lake County residents between the ages of 25 and 50, according to Pam Davenport, a spokeswoman for the Salt Lake County Valley Health Department. One died Friday and the other, a woman, died Saturday. Davenport said one of the adults had underlying health problems
LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - Swiss drugs company Novartis (NOVN.VX) will not give free vaccines against H1N1 flu to poor countries, though it will consider discounts, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
"If you want to make production sustainable, you have to create financial incentives," the FT quoted Novartis Chief Executive Daniel Vasella as saying in an early edition of Monday's paper
Stanford Hospital & Clinics, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), conducted a drive-through triage exercise Friday, the first of its kind to be held in the nation.
The exercise compared the efficiency and efficacy of screening patients for a virus in their cars to treating them in the emergency room.
"This exercise is very timely since the pandemic was announced yesterday," Louis Girling, deputy health officer from the Public Health Department, said. "I'm very impressed about the preparation that went into this. We will learn many lessons from this that can be applied in other settings."
Patients were quarantined in their cars as health care workers examined them and dispensed medications at a series of stations in a parking garage near Stanford Hospital.
"The main idea is to avoid infection," Charles Weiss, medical director for disaster planning at Stanford Hospital, said.
"We feel that this mechanism of screening and evaluating patients during a pandemic will be safer for both patients and healthcare providers and much faster than traditional methods," he said.
About 100 volunteers provided by American Red Cross drove through three stations.
THE premature son of Jacqueline Fleming, the first Briton to die from swine flu, also died today, NHS Greater Glasgow has said.
Baby Jack, the son of Jacqueline and her partner William McCann, died earlier this evening. An NHS spokesman said the baby did not die from swine flu, and did not at any time have the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Jacqueline 38, died yesterday at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, and is believed to have been the first swine flu victim in Europe.
McAllen police investigates child's suspicious death
McALLEN — Police continue to investigate the suspicious death of a baby girl.
McAllen police learned of the baby's death Friday afternoon when the child's parents took her to a doctor's office in Pharr, said police Chief Victor Rodriguez.
The girl, who was about 20 months old, had been suffering from an illness at the time of her death, police said.
Whether any negligence by the child's parents may have contributed to her death remains under investigation, Rodriguez said.
"The initial evaluation at this point in time tends to indicate this child was very ill and that illness led to her passing," he said. "Where we will evaluate further is (whether) some of those illnesses (had) become aggravated as a result of negligence."
A criminal pathologist continues to test the child's body for viruses that may have caused her death, including the H1N1 swine flu, Rodriguez said.
Any criminal charges that may be filed in the case — as well as final test results of the girl's body — will take several months to complete, the police chief said.
State Sees Third Death Associated With H1N1
12:37 pm EDT June 15, 2009
WATERBURY, Conn. -- Waterbury Hospital officials said a woman in her 40s had died from complications of the H1N1 influenza A virus.
The woman suffered from respiratory problems and later tested positive for the virus, hospital officials said.
Health officials said the woman died at the hospital early Monday morning.
"When this patient was originally admitted to our hospital, she presented with influenza-like illness with respiratory symptoms," said Steve Aronin, MD, head of Infectious Diseases at Waterbury Hospital. "We believe that the virus had likely been incubating within her system because she didn't appear to have the flu when she first came to the hospital."
Aronin said that the woman had other health conditions that may have lowered her immune system's ability to fight the virus.
As of June 11, 637 cases of the virus had been confirmed in the state by the Department of Public Health.
NJ reports first swine flu death
TRENTON, N.J. - Health officials say New Jersey has seen its first swine flu-related death.
No details on the death were immediately available, but Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard has called an afternoon news conference to discuss the case.
As of Sunday, the Garden State had reported 235 confirmed cases and 113 probable ones.
Monmouth County has the most , 29 confirmed cases , followed by 27 in Essex and Morris counties and 26 in Bergen County. No cases have been confirmed in the southern Jersey counties of Cape May, Gloucester and Salem.
Last week, the World Health Organization declared swine flu a pandemic, the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.
Twin Cities child with swine flu dies
A Twin Cities child who was infected with the new strain of swine flu - but also had other underlying medical conditions - has died, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday.
It is Minnesota's first reported death associated with the flu outbreak.
The child was hospitalized briefly and died last last week, the department said. Laboratory tests subsequently determined that the child had the H1N1 novel influenza.
The department did not immediately say what role the flu played in the death of the child, who was not identified.
"Our sympathies go to the family and loved ones of the child," state epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said in a release.
"For most people, the H1N1 flu is causing mild illness,'' she added, "however, it can still be very serious, especially for people with underlying health conditions. That's why we continue to monitor the situation very closely."
To date, state officials have confirmed 274 cases of the novel virus in Minnesota, including this case, although that number understates the flu's reach in Minnesota because the Health Department tests samples only from hospitals and a set of "sentinel'' clinics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 45 deaths from the virus across the country.
"This flu is very widespread, and we expect to see many more cases across the state," Lynfield said. "That's why we continue to urge people to take simple precautions to prevent getting it or spreading it."
State Reports First H1N1 Death
BOSTON -- State health officials have confirmed the first death in Boston linked to the H1N1 influenza.
The victim's name has not been released.
There have been more than 1,100 cases of H1N1 in the Bay State since the start of the outbreak. Eighty of the cases required hospitalization, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Many local schools continue to feel the brunt of the outbreak.
Last week, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6, which means that a global pandemic is under way.
As of June 15 2009, a total of 4,049 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus have been reported in all provinces and territories in Canada except Newfoundland.