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Mysterious U.S. Swine Flu Probe Widens as Mexico Finds Swine Flu *updated*

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posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 02:25 PM
Maryland Reports First H1N1 Flu-Related Death

An elderly Baltimore metro area resident with serious underlying medical conditions and a novel H1N1 influenza virus infection has died.

According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Among other complications, H1N1 flu was a contributing factor, making this Maryland's first death confirmed to be associated with the novel flu strain. Personal details about the case, including specific underlying health conditions, will not be released to protect the privacy of the resident and the resident's family.

One more and the US will have a death count of 100.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 02:33 PM
2 more NYC swine flu deaths

NEW YORK (AP) - Two more swine flu deaths have been confirmed in New York City, bringing the total to 32 since the outbreak began in April.

The Health Department posted the updated total on its Web site Tuesday.

The city has refused to release details on swine flu victims. The only information released on the two newest deaths was that they were people between the ages of 25 and 65.

That makes 101 US deaths reported.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 02:47 PM
German authorities warn of swine flu mutation risk

* Expert sees autumn risk in northern hemisphere
* Merkel says Germany is prepared, coordinating with others

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal agency for infectious diseases said on Tuesday there were signs the H1N1 swine flu virus had started to mutate and warned it could spread in the coming months in a more aggressive form.

Experts were concerned about how the flu was developing in Australia and South America, said Joerg Hacker, head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 02:55 PM
Sacramento County Public Health has confirmed first H1N1 (swine) Flu death in Sacramento. Details: /nz8oq3

From tweetdeck.

Sacramento County Reports First Swine Flu Death

The woman died today at UCD Medical Center after being hospitalized with the H1N1 virus, according to Sacramento County Public Health Officer Glennah Trochet, M.D.

[edit on 23-6-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 03:02 PM
Eastern Ontario reports first death linked to H1N1

A 52-year-old woman who died at an Ottawa hospital is the first death linked to the H1N1 virus in eastern Ontario.

Health officials say the woman had pre-existing medical conditions and it is unclear what role the virus played in her death.

More to come . . .


posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 03:53 PM
Department of Public Health Announces 5th Connecticut Resident Dies Due to Novel H1N1 Influenza

Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the state’s fifth death linked to infection with the novel H1N1 virus. The person, a Hartford County resident, was in the 50 – 59 year old age group and had underlying medical conditions. The person died recently after hospitalization.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:01 PM
Hudson County woman dies of swine flu at Bayonne Medical Center

BAYONNE, N.J. - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced on Tuesday a fifth death of a New Jersey resident with novel H1N1 influenza.

The individual was a 79-year old Hudson County woman, who died on Friday, June 19 in Bayonne Medical Center.

She became ill on Monday, June 15, and was hospitalized later that same day with cough and fever. She had underlying medical conditions.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:14 PM

Malvinas Argentinas hospital, located in the province of Buenos Aires, will be evacuated to concentrate on all the H1N1 virus´pacients on that province.

The announcement was made this evening by the minister of provincial Health, Claudio Zin, in a press conference, who said that the chosen hospital is provided with hundreds of beds to take care of all the people who have the illness.

[edit on 23-6-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:17 PM
Swine Flu May Have Come From Asia

Contrary to the popular assumption that the new swine flu pandemic arose on factory farms in Mexico, federal agriculture officials now believe that it most likely emerged in pigs in Asia, but then traveled to North America in a human.

But they emphasized that there was no way to prove their theory and only sketchy data underpinning it.

There is no evidence that this new virus, which combines Eurasian and North American genes, has ever circulated in North American pigs, while there is tantalizing evidence that a closely related “sister virus” has circulated in Asia.


posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:20 PM
Domestic Animals Now Competing With Birds And Swine

An increasing number of cats and dogs are infected with MRSA—the antibiotic resistant "superbug" created by English people's aversion to washing themselves. However, it seems that the animals are catching the infection from their human owners, rather than other animals, so I guess that's good. Or is it? As someone who spent the day with a vomiting cat I'm not sure how to feel about all of this. I'm gonna settle on "concerned."

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:30 PM
Swine flu man waited 'hours' for ICU bed

A man diagnosed with swine flu after he died had waited up to three hours for an intensive care hospital bed the day of his death because none were available in Victoria, his parents say.

Victorian health authorities say the man, 35-year-old Anthony Splatt of the western district town of Colac, tested positive to the influenza A(H1N1) virus but will not say whether it caused his death.

Anthony Splatt went to Colac Hospital with flu-like symptoms on Friday and was transferred to Maroondah Hospital in Melbourne's outer east, where he died on Saturday.

Test results released on Tuesday show he had tested positive for swine flu after swabs were taken following his death.

His parents, Brian and Judith Splatt, say their critically ill son waited at the Colac Hospital for three hours for an intensive care bed, which was eventually found at Maroondah Hospital.

"His poor GP was pacing the floor in Colac because he was getting sicker and sicker," Ms Splatt, a nurse, told the Herald Sun newspaper.

Mr Splatt said: "There were no beds in Victoria. It seemed like forever (before a bed was found). We hope in a way his death makes more intensive care beds available."

Victoria's acting chief health officer Rosemary Lester said Anthony Splatt had a range of underlying medical conditions.

She would not confirm whether his death was a direct result of swine flu or one of the other medical conditions.

"I'm obviously not the clinician - that's for the clinicians to decide what he's died from," Dr Lester said.

"My information is that it is respiratory failure but other than that I can't make any comment."

Dr Lester said the man received treatment consistent with the symptoms of his severe illness.

"He wouldn't have been treated any differently if we'd known that he had swine flu from the outset.

"He arrived with an influenza-like illness and then, I believe, he rapidly deteriorated.

"His respiratory function deteriorated and he went into shock quite quickly."

Is this what we have to look forward to next flu season?

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:44 PM
Ssa: aumentan a 116 muertos por gripe A

Tanslated with google translate.

Ssa: increase to 116 killed by influenza A
Ministry of Health ensures that despite the increase in the figures, the epidemic of influenza A H1N1 maintained a downward trend; 8 reported 163 thousand infected

The number of deaths by influenza A in Mexico rose to 116 and from 163 thousand to 8 infected, reported on Tuesday, the Health Ministry.

The unit said that despite the increase in the figures, the epidemic of influenza A H1N1 maintained a downward trend and that cases with recent onset of symptoms''are very few.''

The 116 deaths representing 1.4% of the total of confirmed cases (8 mil 279, including infected and dead).

The figure reported on June 18 was 7 thousand 624, including 113 deaths.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 06:07 PM
Brian Rudman: Pathetic response to flu threat

So it's official. The authorities have given up the fight. We're to lie back and think of England as the dastardly swine ravages us all.

Even though upwards of 200 of us are likely to die - in the first wave anyway - all officialdom is offering is an 0800 free phone, and some Tamiflu anti-viral drugs left over from the bird flu scare a few years back.

As I heard a not-so-muffled cough rattle around the bus yesterday morning, I didn't feel very much part of the 21st century. I want drugs and vaccines in return for all the taxes I pay, but all I get is advice to blow my nose in a tissue then store it securely in a plastic bag.


Im sure a lot of people feel the same way in many countries.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 06:12 PM
Swine flu kills Brampton girl, 6, in 24 hrs

A 6-year-old Brampton girl with swine flu died only a day after she began showing flu-like symptoms.

The child, who attended Roberta Bondar Public School, passed away a week ago and it was only discovered after she died that she had the H1N1 influenza virus.

The exact cause of death has not yet been determined, but the virus is known to have been a contributing factor, Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, told a news conference yesterday.

The child got a fever and began vomiting on Sunday, June 14, and died the following day. An autopsy was performed and lab results revealed last Friday she did indeed have the virus. She is the fourth Ontarian with the virus to die.


I already reported the death in this case I just wanted to point out the speed of the death in this case 24 hours from first signs of sickness to death is scary.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 06:16 PM
HHS Announces Advanced Development Contract for New Way to Make Flu Vaccine

With this new technology, known as recombinant influenza vaccine, a gene would be extracted from a flu virus and placed into an insect virus called baculovirus, which does not affect people and can multiply quickly to high levels in insect cells. The cells are purified to become a basic part of a human vaccine.

Next will be insect flu pandemic.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 06:19 PM

8:15 pm - Swine Flu: The total number of dead people is 17 in Argentina.

Argentina seems to have a serious problem when it comes to swine flu.

Argentina says 7 new swine flu deaths; total 17

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine officials say seven more people have died of swine flu and public hospitals will delay some surgeries to focus on respiratory illnesses during the South American winter.

The Health Ministry says Argentina's swine flu death toll is now 17, more than any other nation in South America.

All the deaths have been in Buenos Aires or its outskirts.

[edit on 23-6-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 06:52 PM
Another Oregon swine flu death

Oregon's second death from novel H1N1 (swine) influenza confirmed in Marion County

Public health authorities confirmed today that a young child in Marion County with novel H1N1 infection has died. The child, who had no known underlying medical conditions and a two-day history of fever, passed away on June 15. The case was confirmed Tuesday by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 06:54 PM
Pandemic Might Be as Severe as 1968 Hong Kong Flu (Update1)

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- The pandemic sparked by swine flu may be as severe as the Hong Kong flu of 1968-69 that cost an estimated 0.7 percent of global gross domestic product, according to the World Bank.

The new H1N1 flu strain might reduce second-quarter GDP by as much as 2.2 percent in Mexico if disruptions to businesses, including those in the restaurant, hotel and transportation industries, persist in the Mexico City region, the Washington- based lender said.

Transmission of the bug is likely to accelerate as the flu season begins in the Southern Hemisphere and again when it returns in the Northern Hemisphere, the bank said in a report released yesterday. As many as 1.5 million people die in a normal flu season worldwide, and even a mild new flu might add another 1.4 million deaths, the report said.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 07:40 PM
Four more deaths bring Canada's swine-flu fatality total to 20

TORONTO - Authorities say four more Canadians have died after contracting swine flu.
The deaths bring to 20 the number of people to die across the country after getting the H1N1 virus.
A teenage boy from Ottawa who had underlying chronic health problems is one of two more Ontario residents who have died after getting swine flu.
Lab tests have also confirmed that a 52-year-old woman from eastern Ontario died after contracting the virus, but it wasn't clear what role it may have played in her death.
Officials say the woman also had chronic pre-existing medical conditions.
Health officials in Quebec say two other people in the province have died after getting swine flu but no other details were immediately available.
There have been more than 2,650 confirmed cases of swine flu in Ontario - and more than 5,700 across Canada - but most are considered mild with symptoms very similar to an annual seasonal flu.

Not sure if I reporrted all these seperate or not but the 20 dead caught my eye.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 07:42 PM
Alcohol worries kept hand sanitizers from flu-hit reserves

OTTAWA — Federal officials spent days debating whether to send hand sanitizers to First Nations communities struggling with swine flu outbreaks because of their alcohol content, a Senate committee heard Tuesday.

Hand sanitizers were among the supplies in nursing stations on some of the reserves that have been hard-hit by the illness, but chiefs wanted it available in the wider community because many homes lack running water. Frequent hand washing with soap and water as a protective measure against the spread of the swine flu, also called the H1N1 virus, was therefore not an option for those residents

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