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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo school officials say a middle-schooler has died of swine flu, and a union leader says a second pupil is hospitalized in critical condition.
Schools Superintendent Dr. James A. Williams released a statement of sympathy Saturday, but officials would not say more about the Harvey Austin School student who died.
City teachers union president Philip Rumore had said a 15-year-old boy attending Harvey Austin was gravely ill with swine flu. Rumore says a young girl attending the Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School is in critical condition with the virus.
Hundreds of children in the state have been hospitalized with the illness, and some children have died. But most deaths have been among people between the ages of 25 and 64.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian health officials are reporting the country's second swine flu death, bringing the number of confirmed local cases of the virus to 68.
National Health Institute director Juan Gonzalo Lopez says a 28-year-old Bogota man saw doctors on June 18, a day after first feeling symptoms.
Lopez says the man's condition quickly worsened, and he died on Friday at a hospital. Heath officials are now observing his family members
Colombia's first swine-flu related death came on June 5, also in the capital.
Bolivia's Health Minister Ramiro Tapia meanwhile reported two new cases of the virus in his nation on Sunday.
Bolivia says it has confirmed 27 cases of the pandemic, most in its comparatively wealthy Santa Cruz state.
SANTIAGO - AN 18-YEAR-OLD male has become the fifth person to die in Chile from the swine flu virus, local health authorities said on Saturday.
The teenager was identified as Nelson Maldonado, from the southern city of Puerto Montt, 915 kilometres south of the capital Santiago.
Eugenia Schnake, a local health official, said Maldonado had a number of underlying health conditions related to morbid obesity, including respiratory problems.
Chile, in the midst of the southern hemisphere's winter flu season, has been hard it by the A(H1N1) pandemic, reporting 4,315 cases of the virus.
A six-year-old girl from the Toronto area is the first child in Ontario to die after contracting swine flu.
The H1N1 influenza A virus "appears to have been a factor in the girl's death," said the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care in a news release Monday. The Office of the Chief Coroner is investigating exactly what role the virus played in her death.
The girl died on June 15, according to the health ministry. She had not been hospitalized. The identity of the girl has not been released, but she was a resident of the Peel region, just west of Toronto.
A test conducted on the girl's body on June 19 revealed she had the H1N1 virus, the current strain of which first appeared in Mexico in April and has since spread to several other countries.
It's also not clear yet if she had other underlying medical conditions that could have contributed to her death.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines confirmed Monday its first swine flu-related death — a 49-year-old woman who died from congestive heart failure but who also tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
The fatality is the second in the Asia-Pacific region related to swine flu, following the death of a man in Australia on Friday.
Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the woman's chronic heart disease was aggravated by severe pneumonia. She started to have flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, chills and difficulty breathing two days before her death on June 19.
The so-called swine flu has claimed its first San Mateo County victim.
San Mateo county Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow made the announcement Monday afternoon in a press release. He did not offer any identifying details about the middle-aged woman, other than to say that “she had underlying health conditions.”
TORONTO - A six-year-old girl from the Toronto area and two Quebecers have increased to 16 the number of Canadians to die after contracting swine flu.
Health officials were unsure Monday what role the H1N1 virus played in the Ontario girl's death.
Authorities did not release the name of the girl, who is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.
Quebec health officials released a statement late Monday afternoon to announce the two new deaths in the province. They gave no details and did not return calls.
Chilean health authorities on Monday reported the nation’s sixth A/H1N1 Flu death on the weekend in Rancagua, a city 80 km south of the capital Santiago.
Sandra Ceron, 45 years old, was the first woman to die of the disease, which has now infected 4,315 people in the nation. Although a resident of Graneros, she was hospitalized on Rancagua medical center Clinica Integral on Thursday and connected to mechanical breathing equipment. She died of bronchial pneumonia.
The other five who died were all men, who lived in the cities of Puerto Montt and Osorno, both around 900 kilometers south of Santiago.
Chile’s first case of A/H1N1 Flu was on May 17, and it has become the world’s third-most infected nation, after the U.S. and Mexico. Some 161 Chileans are seriously ill with the disease and authorities believe there will be more deaths.
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras has confirmed its first H1N1 swine flu death, a 23-year-old pregnant woman, the health ministry said on Monday.
Minister Carlos Aguilar told a news conference the woman lived in a rural area in western Honduras. She died in mid-June but authorities only now confirmed the cause was the H1N1 flu which the World Health Organization has classified as a pandemic
Five-to-40-year-olds and Canada's aboriginal communities should be the first to get vaccinated against human swine flu, experts say as Canadian officials decide who gets priority for the flu shots.
Under Canada's official pandemic plan, the entire population would ultimately be immunized against the H1N1 swine flu.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia reported its second swine flu-related death Tuesday — the third for the Asia-Pacific region — while Malaysia closed a school in efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
The 35-year-old Australian victim, who had a range of medical problems, died in a hospital in the southern city of Melbourne on Saturday after seeking medical help for a flu-like illness on Friday, said Dr. Rosemary Lester, acting chief health officer for Victoria state..
MANILA - GOVERNMENT work in the Philippines has been interrupted after it was discovered the country's first swine flu-linked fatality was an employee of Congress, officials said on Tuesday.
Speaker Prospero Nograles suspended work at the House of Representatives for five days after it was learned that the 49-year-old woman who tested positive for the influenza A(H1N1) virus after her death had worked at the chamber.
'The latest reported casualty is one of our employees,' Mr Nograles said in a statement, adding that his office was working with the Health Department to mitigate any infection, while congressional staff worked to sanitise the building.
Health Department spokeswoman Asuncion Anden meanwhile declined to confirm reports that the woman had visited the presidential palace a week before she died.
A palace spokesman said there was no need to panic, adding it was up to President Gloria Arroyo to decide if she wanted to quarantine herself on her return from a visit to Japan and Brazil at the end of this week.
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 22, 2009) -- The Army is currently taking steps to help prevent and stop the spread of the H1N1 virus for Soldiers at home and abroad.
The Army has reported a total of 191 cases of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, as of June 12.
The military is actively pursuing vaccine production for both the regular and swine flu, according to Col. Jonathan Jaffin, director of Heath Policy and Services in the Army's Office of the Surgeon General. Soldiers will be vaccinated as soon as the medicines become available, he said during a Blogger's Roundtable Thursday.
Obama Administration: No Bio-Defense Infrastructure for the Flu Pandemic—i.e. OBAMA REPEATS GEORGE BUSH: GO F*** YOURSELF!
by Marcia Merry Baker
June 22 (EIRNS)—What is outstanding about the Obama Administration's policy towards the new A/H1N1 flu, before and since the World Health Organization's announcement June 11 of the highest level of world pandemic alert, Stage Six, is its deliberate do-nothing response. There is no mobilization of reserve hospital capacity, vaccination production, ranks of public health staff, and other measures called for. The Obama Administration's stance is thus in service of the stated depopulation drive by the likes of HMV Prince Philip Mountbatten, Her Majesty's Virus, who said in 1988, "In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation..." (Deutsche Press Agentur, August 1988).
The Obama cabinet member in charge of the U.S. response, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is deploying as a prominent spokesman for the Obama Nazi-medicine health "reform," while advocating worse than nothing on dealing with the pandemic. This is in line with the British attempts to delay or prevent the WHO pandemic Level Six alert altogether (see article below).