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A baby born prematurely to a woman in Scotland who subsequently became the first person in Britain to die of swine flu has also died, a health official said Tuesday.
A Scottish government spokesman, who declined to be named in keeping with government policy, said the baby did not die from swine flu.
The baby, Jack, died Monday, a day after his mother, 38-year-old Jacqui Fleming of Glasgow, died. She gave birth two weeks ago, and the boy was born 11 weeks prematurely.
For the third day in a row, Quebec public health officials announced another death related to swine flu.
Officials confirmed Monday that a fourth person has died in the province after contracting the H1N1-A virus.
The male patient died Friday and was described as between the ages of 10 and 19. He was from the Laurentians, north of Montreal.
Brazilian scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said Tuesday.
The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from California.
The genetic sequence of the new sub-type of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by one of its researchers, Terezinha Maria de Paiva, the institute said in a statement.
The mutation comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts, it said.
It was not yet known whether the new strain was more aggressive than the current A(H1N1) virus which has been declared pandemic by the World Health Organization
The adolescent victim, who died Monday, came from Milwaukee, which had reported more swine flu cases as of Friday than all but two states in the nation. The Milwaukee Health Department did not release the youth's age or gender, but it did say the person did not appear to have had any of the common underlying medical conditions that put influenza patients at high risk.
SAN DIEGO – A 20-year-old woman is the first person to die of swine flu in San Diego County, local health officials reported Tuesday.
The victim had lived in the region, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.
She started having respiratory problems Sunday and went to the emergency room of a local hospital the next day, said Wooten, who wouldn't identify the medical center.
The patient died in the emergency room without being hospitalized. Infectious disease specialists confirmed that she was infected with swine flu, also called H1N1 influenza A, just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Six Salt Lake County residents now have died after testing positive for H1N1 swine flu and nearly 100 have been hospitalized with the novel strain.
The past four deaths have occurred in the past week, as hospitals in the valley report being inundated with patients with flu-like symptoms and doctors race to understand more about the new virus.
Nathan Dean, chief of pulmonary critical care at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, said about one patient a day has been admitted to the intensive care unit for the past three weeks.
Most ICU patients have been overweight, he said, which is puzzling: Their weight isn't causing other health conditions that the federal government says puts people at higher risk of severe influenza complications, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, he said.
"I really don't consider being overweight a disease, at least in the patients we're seeing," Dean said. "It's not like they're so [obese] they've gone into heart failure. Somehow, the disease is striking them."
About a fourth of the ICU flu patients have suffered from an inflamed airway, exacerbated by conditions like asthma or emphysema. Nationally, asthma is the most common condition causing hospitalizations.
Other patients end up in the ICU suffering from adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or septic shock, he said. ARDS is a lung condition that leads to low oxygen levels in the blood, which can harm organs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
And while septic shock, which can lead to low blood pressure and organ failure, is normally associated with bacterial infections, doctors aren't seeing such infections with flu patients.
"The virus itself seems to be initiating the septic shock cascade," said Dean, who said the virus reminds him of hantavirus, which is transmitted through rodent urine, droppings or saliva, and can cause acute respiratory distress.
A young woman with swine flu who had just given birth died Tuesday, becoming the first death in Nassau County linked to the outbreak. Meanwhile, New York City announced seven more swine flu-related deaths.
Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Maria Torroella Carney said a young pregnant woman between the age of 20 and 30 was admitted to the hospital on June 5 with fever and respiratory symptoms. She was confirmed to have the new swine flu - for which pregnant women are a high-risk group.
Her baby was delivered by Caesarean section that day and the woman was transferred to the intensive care unit two days later. She died there Tuesday..
Argentine health authorities confirmed on Tuesday three deaths of the influenza A/H1N1, raising the death toll of the disease to four in Argentina.
Among the three deaths, two were from Buenos Aires province and another from the capital of Buenos Aires, said Vice Health Minister Carlos Soratti.
Argentina has reported 138 new cases of the flu, bringing Argentina's total to 871, Soratti said Tuesday in a news conference.
Two people in Manitoba have died after contracting swine flu virus, including a man who had no underlying medical conditions, provincial health officials said Tuesday.
The man, who was in his 40s, was from the Winnipeg area, health officials said at a press conference. He had been admitted to hospital prior to his death.
The second person is a woman in her 40s from the Nor-Man health region, in north central Manitoba. She had also been admitted to hospital but had significant underlying conditions, said officials.
Quebec also reported two deaths related to swine flu on Tuesday, bringing the total number of reported deaths in Canada to at least 11.
The Quebec victims, a man and a woman who were between 30 and 50, had underlying medical conditions that made them susceptible to infection, health officials in that province reported.
In total, six Quebecers who had swine flu have died, along with two Ontarians and one Albertan. Prior to Tuesday, no deaths related to swine flu had been reported in Manitoba
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Schoolchildren could be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall — and schools are being put on notice that they might even be turned into shot clinics.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday she is urging school superintendents around the country to spend the summer preparing for that possibility, if the government goes ahead with mass vaccinations.
"If you think about vaccinating kids, schools are the logical place," Sebelius told The Associated Press.
While swine flu doesn't yet seem any more lethal than the regular flu that each winter kills 36,000 people in the U.S. alone, scientists fear it may morph into a more dangerous type. Even in its current form, the WHO says about half of the more than 160 people worldwide killed by swine flu so far were previously young and healthy.
If that trend continues, "the target may be school-age children as a first priority" for vaccination, Sebelius said Tuesday. "That's being watched carefully."
CHICAGO (AP) — Three more deaths in Illinois have been attributed to the swine flu virus, bringing the state’s total to eight.
Chicago Department of Public Health spokesman Tim Hadac says two Chicagoans died last week.
A 26-year-old woman with no other known health problems died June 9 after being in a hospital in Chicago for a week.
A 52-year-old man with other health problems was admitted to a hospital on May 30. He died on June 11.
Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the third recent victim lived in suburban Cook County.
Illinois has had nearly 2,000 confirmed swine flu cases in 22 counties.
The death of one child and two adults brings Illinois’ H1N1 death total to eight.
An 8-year-old resident of Oak Forest died after contracting the virus, commonly known as the swine
WAUSAU - A school-age child from Wausau is the fourth person to die of swine flu in Wisconsin.
Marathon County Health Officer Julie Willems Van Dijk said the child died Wednesday at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield after being hospitalized since Saturday.
She said the child had an underlying medical problem that made the child a higher risk to die from the virus but no other details are being released because of patient confidentiality laws
GREENSBORO N.C. - Infants at The Women's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit may have been exposed to the H1N1 virus, according to Moses Cone officials.
Hospital officials said Wednesday a staff member may have unknowingly exposed the patients.
In a release from Moses Cone, no infants appear to be infected at this point. But as a precaution, doctors are treating the newborns with preventive medicine and neonatologists continue to monitor the babies for any signs of infection.
Moses Cone officials said they've notified parents of the 33 babies who were in the NICU at the time of the possible exposure. The Women's Hospital is also screening all visitors and employees for signs and symptoms of infection before allowing them into the NICU. All parents, visitors and staff who may have been exposed will also be offered Tamiflu.
The health system said it's offering Tamiflu to all staff who may have been exposed to H1N1. The Infectious Disease and Employee Health staff is also determining whether any additional people might have been exposed to the virus. If so, they will be offered Tamiflu as a precaution.
According to the hospital, the staff member involved in the NICU exposure was herself exposed while treating a patient for possible asthma. Testing later determined he had H1N1. This patient is at Moses Cone Hospital and under strict respiratory precautions. .
Baton Rouge, LA - Five employees at the State's Department of Social Services have tested positive for H1N1, the swine flu virus.
One of those five include DSS Secretary Kristy Nichols.
All of the infected employees work in the Iberville Building in Baton Rouge. DSS estimates around 30 employees who work in the building have experienced or are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms. Sick workers have been asked to stay home.
According to the Meeting Street School in Providence, the first Rhode Island resident to die from swine flu was one of their students. Read the full statement from the school here...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A teenage girl from Kent County is the first swine flu death in Rhode Island.
The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that the girl, who was not identified, had underlying medical conditions that increased her risk for serious illness from the virus.
Director of Health David Gifford said most cases in Rhode Island are mild, but people with other medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or pregnancy are at increased risk for more serious complications.
There have been 94 confirmed cases of swine flu in Rhode Island and 23 hospitalizations due to the illness.