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LONDON (Reuters) - Targeting children for vaccination may be the best way of using limited supplies of vaccine to control the current H1N1 flu pandemic, British researchers said on Thursday.
Drugmakers are racing to make a vaccine against the new flu strain but if the disease increases significantly in the northern hemisphere autumn, as many experts fear, there are unlikely to be enough shots to vaccinate entire populations.
Researchers from the University of Warwick said that vaccinating children rather than adults would not only help protect a group at greatest risk of exposure to the virus, but would also offer protection to unvaccinated adults
Scientists from Russia’s Ministry of Health are warning in a secret report to Prime Minister Putin that they have discovered a ‘critical link’ between the H1N1 influenza (Swine Flu) virus and genetically modified amylopectin potatoes that are consumed in massive quantities nearly exclusively by Westerners and sold in fast food restaurants as French Fries.
According to these reports, the protease enzyme genetically modified in the potatoes being sold through Western fast food restaurants as French Fries to protect against Potato virus X causes an “explosive” replication of the H1N1 influenza virus by increasing the acidic conditions of the endosome and causing the hemagglutinin protein to rapidly fuse the viral envelope with the vacuole’s membrane, then causing the M2 ion channel to allow protons to move through the viral envelope and acidify the core of the virus, which causes the core to dissemble and release the H1N1’s RNA and core proteins into the hosts cells.
Evidence confirming these dire findings by top Russian scientists is also supported by the World Health Organization who in their reporting on the current Influenza Pandemic, clearly shows that the H1N1 virus is nearly totally confined to those Western Nations allowing their citizens to consume these genetically modified potatoes, and which include: The United States with over 17,000 cases being reported with 45 deaths; Canada with 2,978 cases; the United Kingdom with 1,226 cases; and Australia with 1,823 cases.
(AP) — SANTIAGO, Chile - A Santiago hospital says a 40-year-old accountant from southern Chile is the fourth person to die of swine flu in the country.
The Catholic University Hospital in Santiago says Ismael Pavez died Thursday morning.
He was brought to the hospital on June 1 from the southern city of Puerto Montt, where he worked for in the salmon industry.
All three previous fatal victims of the flu were from same region.
Chile has confirmed 3,125 cases of the flu, more than any other South American country.
(NaturalNews) In an effort to censor any online text that might inform consumers of the ability of natural products to protect consumers from H1N1 influenza A, the FDA is now sending out a round of warning letters, threatening to "take enforcement action... such as seizure or injunction for violations of the FFDC Act without further notice."
"Firms that fail to take correction action," the FDA warns, "may also be referred to the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations for possible criminal prosecution for violations of the FFDC Act and other federal laws."
The message is crystal clear: No product may be described as protecting against or preventing H1N1 infections unless it is approved by the FDA. And which products has the FDA approved? Tamiflu (the anti-viral drug that most people will never have access to), and soon the new H1N1 vaccine that's being manufactured at a cost of one billion dollars (paid to Big Pharma by the taxpayers). This vaccine, of course, will be utterly useless because H1N1 will undoubtedly mutate between now and the time the vaccine is ready, rendering the vaccine useless."
5 Deaths as of
June 18, 2009
LANSING, Mich. - Michigan officials say five state residents have died from swine flu, three more than previously reported.
The state Department of Community Health said Thursday the deceased include a 28-year-old Madison Heights police officer who lived in Macomb County, a 44-year-old Oakland County man and a 63-year-old Macomb County woman.
Officer Ryan Settlemoir died last Friday at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The Oakland man died Monday, and the Macomb woman died Wednesday.
The state says it's now only tracking the most severe cases of the H1N1 virus, so Michigan's numbers reflect a small portion of the big picture. .
Garrett said his communicable disease staff spoke to the family Wednesday to determine if the man had underlying medical conditions. A number of the deaths associated with H1N1 have occurred because of other health issues, but "not all do and we don't want to speculate," Garrett said.
MORRISTOWN -- A 10-year-old Sussex County boy died Wednesday of swine flu at Morristown Memorial Hospital, making him the third person to die of the influenza strain in New Jersey, state Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed Thursday.
The unidentified child became ill on June 12 and was hospitalized two days later with a cough and fever, the state said. He had underlying medical condictions, and was last in school on June 11 with no symptoms.
A state laboratory confirmed Thursday the boy had H1N1 influenza, otherwise known as swine flu.
Connecticut has recorded its fourth death linked to swine flu. State health officials say the person, described only as an individual between 40 and 49, had other health problems that increased the patient's risk. In all. 767 confirmed cases of the H1N1 swine flu have now been reported in the state, with 28 of those people hospitalized.
The Department of Public Health says it's likely that other people have come down with the virus, but had such a mild illness that they never saw a doctor or went to the hospital.
Connecticut's three previous deaths were all in Waterbury -- a 6 year old boy, a woman older than 60, and a woman in her forties
A 15-year-old boy from La Matanza had pneumonia and was hospitalized in Los cedros Clinic in Tapiales where he died yesterday at 12.15 am.
Here you can see debunked the story in the Philadelphia Inquirer put out by Dr Paul Offit’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ['CHOP'] implying your kids may die in the much hyped “just around the corner“ “coming to your town soon” non-existent worldwide “swine ‘flu” non-pandemic: [Children’s Hospital study links deaths to post-flu issues] 16th June 2009 Mark Roth.
Two young adults have died in suburban Cook County from swine flu, bringing the state's total fatalities from the illness to 10.
Cook County health officials say a 29-year-old women from Western Springs and a 29-year-old man from Mount Prospect died from the virus. Both victims had other health problems.
Stephen Martin Jr., chief operating officer of the Cook County health department, is urging people to wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough and stay home when they're sick.
Illinois has had nearly 2,000 confirmed swine flu cases in 22 counties.
Federal health officials say swine flu will continue through July and August and into the fall and winter.
WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday.
An unusually cool late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts, the officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick -- meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread, the CDC officials said.
Vaccine maker sanofi-aventis plans to donate 100 million doses of its A(H1N1) pandemic vaccine, currently in development, to the World Health Organization for use in developing nations that cannot afford to buy it hemselves. The donation, which came on the heels of a similar move by GlaxoSmithKline, was announced yesterday during the opening session of the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, Washington.
Christopher Viehbacher pledged that sanofi-aventis will donate 10% of the vaccine it produces to WHO. Robert Sebbag, the company’s vice president for access to medicines, says sanofi-aventis believes it can make at least 800 million doses the 1st year after production starts. That number could be several times higher, however, if the vaccine contains a so-called adjuvant, a compound that amplifies the host’s immune response, meaning that less viral protein is needed per shot. How well the adjuvanted vaccine will work and whether it will receive approval from regulatory authorities remains to be seen.
Emma Hitt: Thank you for taking my question. The first question is try to get a sense, what proportion of hospitalized patients and those who have died do not have underlying health conditions? So what is the chance a completely healthy person will require, you know, intensive care or may even die from H1N1? And also, do you have a sense that health care practitioners are clear about the use of Tamiflu, and do you believe guidelines are being followed with respect to antiviral use?
Dan Jernigan: Let me start with the antiviral part. What we can tell you just from the individuals that have been assessed so far is there are some side effects related to Tamiflu use, specifically nausea and diarrhea, that have been problematic. Individuals have either declined altogether when offered, or have stopped their prophylactic treatment early because of those symptoms. So I think, you know, it is potentially a challenging medication to take. And the uptake has been mixed. I think the first part of the question was whether normal, healthy individuals are being affected?
Dan Jernigan: Your question is, what numbers of individuals that are hospitalized have underlying diseases, and about 40% or so about 70% (this is the corrected percent of hospitalized patients with underlying health conditions) have some kind of underlying disease. The most predominant of that is asthma. The second being diabetes. Immunocompromised status, either through cancer chemotherapy or other compromising conditions is about 13%. And chronic underlying heart disease. The things that we see normally as underlying diseases that are associated with increased influenza risk are the same that we're seeing with H1N1.
It is a desastrous news for the pharmaceutical company Baxter and other vaccine producers: Brazilian scientists have found a new strain of the pandemic influenza virus. According to ProMED 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. This may be a the worst case for companies who are working to mass produce a vaccine against the current A (H1N1) flu.
There are fears though that it could mutate into a deadly strain, much in the same way as the 1918 Spanish flu -- also an A (H1N1) virus type -- did when it killed tens of millions around the planet", comments ProMED. According to the WHO, 36 000 people in 76 countries have been infected with the H1N1 virus, causing 163 deaths. But other statistics consider up to 500.000 people world wide to be infected, as LifeGen.de reported.