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

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posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 12:14 PM
Westchester reports 2nd swine flu death

A 26-year-old Yonkers woman has died of H1N1 swine flu, making her the virus's second fatality in Westchester County, the Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday. The woman was admitted June 14 to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers and later transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla where she died Tuesday, the examiner's office said. Her death certificate lists H1N1 swine flu as the cause, officials said. The Westchester County Department of Health, the agency charged with monitoring swine flu cases, said last night it could not confirm the swine flu death. "We don't have enough information to confirm or deny the M.E.'s report," spokeswoman Caren Halbfinger said. On June 9, a 29-year-old Yonkers woman became the county's first swine flu death. There have been 77 cases of swine flu in Westchester, three in Putnam and 14 in Rockland, according to state health officials.

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 02:27 PM
US swine flu cases may have hit 1 million

ATLANTA – Health officials estimate that as many as 1 million Americans now have the new swine flu. Lyn Finelli, a flu surveillance official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voiced the estimate at a vaccine advisory meeting Thursday in Atlanta.

The estimate is based on mathematical modeling. Nearly 28,000 U.S. cases have been reported to the CDC, accounting for roughly half the world's cases. The U.S. count includes 3,065 hospitalizations and 127 deaths.

An estimated 15 million to 60 million Americans catch seasonal flu each year.

127 dead in the US and most of them in the past 4 weeks.
The CDC warning up to 450,000 people might die from H1N1 and now this?

This seems to be getting real crazy yet barely a peep from MSM.

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 02:29 PM
Major Canadian hospital, MT. Sianai in Toronto has closed it's second level nursery because of H1N1. The nursery can hold up to 20 new born at a time.
more details as I get them from our local news channel.

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 02:51 PM
As many of us suspect this flu was started as bioterrorism...
An write up on it. A must read...

An ATS member Rams59lb has started a thead. I flagged it, of course!

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 03:42 PM
I put together a little forecasting application to see how many deaths there might be with different scenarios.

I used Peter's current numbers peter osborn as follows:

64133 current infections
.46% CFR
4.87% infection rate/day (based on a 10day infection rate)

I forecast for 200 days and ended up with 3,981,924 deaths.

You can try your own numbers here:
Pandemic Estimator

I'm working on some Monte Carlo analyses to try to come up with a better idea of what could happen.

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 06:49 PM
Elderly Man Dies After Hospitalized With Swine Flu

EL PASO, Texas -- The city of El Paso Department of Public Health is investigating the death of an 82-year-old central El Paso man who was recently hospitalized with an influenza-like illness.

Laboratory tests confirmed that he had swine flu. This is the fifth fatality in El Paso County to date associated with the virus.

To date El Paso County has had 259 confirmed cases of swine flu influenza. The vast majority of the individuals affected have recovered. Most cases have been mild, said spokesman Tammy Fonce-Olivas.

I beleive thats 112 deaths in the US now.

[edit on 25-6-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 06:50 PM
Manitoba Child Dies From H1N1

The first child in Manitoba has died from the H1N1 virus. Provincial health officials say the victim was under the age of 18 and had underlying medical conditions. It says the case is still under investigation. This is the third death from H1N1 flu in the province. A man and a woman - both in their 40s - previously died from the virus. Manitoba has 458 reported cases of flu from the H1N1 virus - many from northern First Nation reserves.

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 06:56 PM
Doctors puzzled over supply of expired Tamiflu

DOCTORS have been puzzling over the boxes of the anti-viral medicine, Tamiflu, that they have received from the Health Ministry over the past few days.

The reason: these boxes have a new sticker stuck on the box, extending the expiry date for another three years.

This means a box, manufactured in 2003, with an original expiry date of December 2007 can now be used till December 2010.

The ministry released its Tamiflu stockpile to the clinics and polyclinics designated as Pandemic Preparedness Clinics to treat those suspected of contracting the H1N1 virus. It also sent out circulars to doctors involved, assuring them that the extension was with the approval from the manufacturer Roche, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) here.

‘This extension is made possible due to our stringent conditioning and maintenance requirements in our storage facilities,’ it said, adding that the efficacy of the drug is not compromised in any way and is fit for usage.

But some doctors are not convinced.


posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 07:04 PM
2 More Michigan Residents Die From Swine Flu

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan officials are reporting two more state residents have died from swine flu.
The state Department of Community Health says on its Web site that the deceased are from Detroit and Oakland County. No other details were provided Thursday.
The state no longer is updating the number of confirmed and probable swine flu cases by county. It is instead reporting flu-like illnesses and cases of influenza.
Michigan had 655 confirmed and probable swine flu cases as of June 13. It has since reported more than 400 other cases of flu-like illness.

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 07:54 PM
Solano Co. reports first H1N1 death

FAIRFIELD, CA -- A 53-year-old man is Solano County's first and California's 17th death from the H1N1 virus, Solano County health officials said today.
"We are saddened by this man's death. He had no other identifiable major health conditions

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 07:56 PM
According to, Confirmed & Suspected H1N1 Fatalities now stand at:

Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 6/25/09 .....

Arizona - 8
California - 17
Connecticut - 5
Florida - 2
Illinois - 11
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 1
Michigan - 7
Minnesota - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 1
New Jersey - 6
New York - 40
North Carolina - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 2
Pennsylvania - 4
Rhode Island - 1
Texas - 14
Utah - 10[
Virginia - 1
Washington - 3
Wisconsin - 4

TOTAL - 135 + 7 CA death reported above, if confirmed (via JBA) = 142

#133 Pennsylvania - unidentified person reported 6/25/09
#134 New York - Westchester County, Yonkers 26 year old woman died 6/23/09 reported 6/24/09 *hospitalized 6/14, medical examiner and death certificate both claim "Swine flu" as cause of death, Westchester County Health Department needs more info to confirm or deny
#135 Texas - El Paso County 82 year old man, reported 6/25/09 *hospitalized with influenza like illness, H1N1 confirmed

U.S. Deaths Abroad:

#1 Canada, Ontario - a U.S. resident, 78 year old man, died in Orangeville while visiting, reported 6/17/09

Apparently, some states are again suppressing or lagging on their press releases--specifically, AZ, CA, ILL, Mich, NJ, TX, and UT...

[edit on 25-6-2009 by sonjah1]

[edit on 25-6-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 08:01 PM
Flutrackers *Suspected* U.S. Fatalities 6/25/09.....

#1 California - Wotan's got an unreported potential swine flu death in San Francisco, thread going in Flutrackers Discussion Forum

#2 & #3 Florida - Thebes put up this article in the Florida folder about a couple in Madeira Beach, Edwin and Louise Kaczmarski, both 65, who had severe flu and were found dead by a neighbor, reported 6/11/09 *Louise had a heart condition.

#4 California - Baldwin Park sixth-grader Cristian Torres Rodriguez of Baldwin Park, CA died Monday 6/8/09 after 29 days on a respirator. Reported 6/12/09 Family says it was swine flu.

#5 Texas - McAllen 20 month old girl died 6/12/09, reported 6/15/09 *brought in "very ill" to the doctor, parents investigated for negligence, criminal pathologist testing for H1N1 and other viruses.

#6 Arizona - Phoenix, 4 month old child dies of pneumonia in a daycare, reported 5/6/09

#7 California - Sonoma County, elderly man died 6/19/09 reported 6/19/09 *pre-existing medical conditions, considered "probable" case of H1N1 based on county lab tests, confirmation from the state is pending

#8 & 9 Arizona - 2 pediatric influenza A deaths, reported week of 5/17/09 - 5/24/09

#10 Florida - Tampa, 36 year old man John Grillo, teacher, died of pneumonia 5/22/09 reported 5/27/09

#11 New York - NYC 16 month old Jonathan Zamora Castillo, died 5/20/09 *mild fever treated at home with acetaminophen, fever spiked and cyanosis was noted, died in a Queens hospital ER 1 hour later, H1N1 nasal swab was negative, tissue samples sent to CDC, results were expected same week Confirmed ?? NY Death #17 ??
FluTrackers thread: What happened to Jonathan Zamora Castillo?

#12 New Mexico - Las Cruces, 6 year old boy Cody Scarborough died 5/28/09 reported 5/29/09 *sent home with a fever Tuesday (same day he died?), no symptoms prior to Tuesday, death appeared to be a heart attack, H1N1 test results were expected same week

#13 New York - NYC 47 year old man, T. Scott Cunningham, died 6/20/09 reported 6/23/09 *died at NYU Medical Center from complications due to pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Confirmed ??

#14 Florida - Volusa County, 55 year old man died 6/23/09 reported 6/24/09, confirmed case of H1N1, hospitalized for several weeks, hospital claims his death was caused by a pre-existing chronic illness

#15 Texas - Bexar County unidentified man died in June reported 6/24/09 by TX DSHS

TOTAL - 15

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 08:10 PM

Table. U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
Web page updated June 25, 2009,
7:00 PM ET to coincide with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting
(Normally updated each Friday at 11 AM ET)
Data reported to CDC by June 25, 2009, 11:00 AM ET. States and Territories* Confirmed and Probable Cases Deaths
Alabama 239 cases 0 deaths
Alaska 46cases 0 deaths
Arkansas 35 cases 0 deaths
Arizona 729 cases 8 deaths
California 1492 cases 16
Colorado 103 cases 0 deaths
Connecticut 877 cases 5
Delaware 267 cases 0 deaths
Florida 941 cases 2 death
Georgia 65 cases 0 deaths
Hawaii 465 cases 0 deaths
Idaho 72 cases 0 deaths
Illinois 2875 cases 12
Indiana 251 cases 0 deaths
Iowa 92 cases 0 deaths
Kansas 117 cases 0 deaths
Kentucky 119 cases 0 deaths
Louisiana 153 cases 0 deaths
Maine 61 cases 0 deaths
Maryland 414 cases 1 death
Massachusetts 1287 cases 1 death
Michigan 468 cases 2 deaths
Minnesota 537 1 death
Mississippi 114 cases 0 deaths
Missouri 55 cases 1 death
Montana 44 cases 0 deaths
Nebraska 111 cases 0 deaths
Nevada 250 cases 0 deaths
New Hampshire 207 cases 0 deaths
New Jersey 899 cases 6 deaths
New Mexico 232 cases 0 deaths
New York 2272 cases 35 deaths
North Carolina 179 cases 1 death
North Dakota 48 cases 0 deaths
Ohio 93 cases 0 deaths
Oklahoma 123 cases 1 death
Oregon 289 cases 3
Pennsylvania 1483 cases 3 deaths
Rhode Island 132 cases 1 death
South Carolina 120 cases 0 deaths
South Dakota 22 cases 0 deaths
Tennessee 148 cases 0 deaths
Texas 2981 cases 10deaths
Utah 874 cases 10deaths
Vermont 46 cases 0 deaths
Virginia 191 cases 1 death
Washington 588 cases 3deaths
Washington, D.C. 33 cases 0 deaths
West Virginia 114 cases 0 deaths
Wisconsin 4273 cases 4 death
Wyoming 72 cases 0 deaths
Puerto Rico 18 cases 0 deaths
Virgin Islands 1 case 0 deaths
TOTAL (53)* 27,717 cases 127 deaths

CDC now says the US has 127 deaths. Mexico I beleive is at 119 deaths.
So I guess the USA is now number one again.

[edit on 25-6-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 10:34 PM
L America reports five more deaths, 1,062 new cases of A/H1N1 flu

June 25 (Xinhua) -- Five more deaths and 1,062 new cases of influenza A/H1N1 were confirmed in Latin America on Thursday.

The Guatemalan Health Ministry reported the first death in the country, but it did not mention new infections.

The Mexican Health Ministry reported three new deaths, raising the death toll to 119 in the country. There was a total of 9,028 confirmed cases with 749 new cases compared with the report on Tuesday.

Argentina's health authorities confirmed one more death, raising the total to 22 in the country. It reported a total of 1,391 confirmed cases with 178 new cases as against the last report on Tuesday night.

Brazil's Health Ministry confirmed 53 new cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country with the total number of cases swelling to 452.

The Peruvian Health Ministry reported 61 new cases, raising infections in that country to 360.

The Venezuelan National Institute of Hygiene reported 20 new cases of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the country's total infections to 172.

The Colombian Social Protection Ministry reported one more case, raising the confirmed number of cases to 73. There were two deaths in the country.


posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 09:53 AM

Swine flu: 23 deaths in Argentina
At the Güemes Clinic in Luján city, a new death, confirmed by the Ministry of Health, is a 22 year old woman, with a pregnancy of 38 weeks, doctors, through a caesarean section, managed to save the baby.

The other victim, reported at the Federal Capital, and details were not available.
Hector Ruffinelli, Secretary of Community Health, said that “at the local hospital there are two suspected cases of H1N1 infection in the area of pediatrics and in the private system there are two cases that are being studied”

Argentina has a total of 1 488 confirmed cases of swine flu with 23 deaths.

posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 09:55 AM
Arkansas State Health Department: Mandatory Vaccines Are Constitutional

A member of the public who was concerned about a mandatory mass vaccination program in light of the swine flu pandemic called the Arkansas State Health Department for advice only to be told that mandatory vaccines were constitutional and could be enforced at gunpoint by the government if necessary

posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 10:10 AM
Australia reports fourth swine flu death

MELBOURNE: A 71-year-old woman became the fourth swine flu-related death in Australia in a week, an official said Friday.

Her death was the fifth in the Asia-Pacific region, with the Philippines reporting on Monday that a virus-infected patient had died.

Philippine health secretary Francisco Duque III said 134 more swine flu cases were confirmed Friday, raising the country's total to 861.

The Australian woman was also the third to die with the virus in Victoria, the state where 1,509 of Australia's 3,280 swine flu cases had been confirmed by Friday, state acting chief health officer Rosemary Lester said.

Relatives of the woman, who died Thursday, asked that no details of her medical history be revealed, Lester said.

posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 11:31 AM

Originally posted by JBA2848
Arkansas State Health Department: Mandatory Vaccines Are Constitutional

A member of the public who was concerned about a mandatory mass vaccination program in light of the swine flu pandemic called the Arkansas State Health Department for advice only to be told that mandatory vaccines were constitutional and could be enforced at gunpoint by the government if necessary

Listen to the call at this link.

posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 12:04 PM
An American investigative journalist claims that swine flu strains have been engineered in two universities in the US and Canada, says they’ve been deliberately designed to resist vaccines.

posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 12:16 PM
H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital

*This story (which took place earlier this month) places emphasis on how novel H1N1 is different from seasonal; look at age, and the speedy impact

Within minutes, six-year-old Rubjit Thindal went from happily chatting in the back seat of the car to collapsing and dying in her father's arms.

"If we had known it was so serious, we would have called 911,'' Kuldip Thindal, Rubjit's distraught mother, said in Punjabi yesterday. "She just had a stomach ache -- she wasn't even crying.''

Rubjit was pronounced dead at hospital barely 24 hours after showing signs of a fever. Later, doctors told her parents she had the H1N1 influenza virus. She is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.

On the evening of June 14, Rubjit had a bit of a fever and complained that her legs and arms hurt. The next morning, Kuldip took her to a walk-in clinic and the doctor prescribed the pain reliever Advil.

By the afternoon, the little girl's fever was gone but she was complaining of a stomach ache.

Kuldip again took her to the clinic at about 2 p.m. The doctor gave her pills and told the Grade 1 student at Roberta Bondar School in Brampton to take it easy. She was fine for a bit, said Kuldip, but she kept asking "me to massage her arms and legs.''

In the evening, when Rubjit said her stomach was still hurting, Kuldip and her husband, Gurmukh, decided to take her immediately to the Georgetown Hospital.

Kuldip was driving. It was about 8 p.m. and they were five minutes from the hospital. Rubjit sat in the back seat with her dad, talking -- as usual -- and sipping apple juice.

A minute later, Rubjit suddenly put her hand on her chest and said it was hurting.

The next minute, her body went limp and she stopped breathing.

Gurmukh performed CPR while Kuldip raced into the hospital's parking lot. They left the car doors open and the keys in the ignition as they scrambled to get their daughter inside the hospital.

It was about 8:05 p.m. when they arrived, Kuldip remembers. Two hours later, doctors confirmed their little girl was dead.

Just like that.

The exact cause of her 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 Monday.

The H1N1 virus is having a greater impact on young people. The average age of the 2,665 Ontarians infected with the virus is 21. The youngest patient has been under the age of 1 and the oldest 84.

Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital, explained that older people are more likely to have built up antibodies to fight the virus by having been infected with similar strains or vaccinated against similar strains in the past.

"As you get older, you accumulate experience with H1N1 and you are protected against all H1N1 viruses,'' she said.

This is different from regular season flu, which causes more serious complications in those under the age of two and over 65.

At Rubjit's school on Monday, a photograph of the girl was placed on a table outside the office where dozens of cards made by her classmates had been placed on the wall around it. Harmeen and Gagan, who haven't been to school since their sister died, said they planned to go to school tomorrow to get the cards.

A Peel Region spokesperson said the risk of other children in her school contracting the flu was very low.

Rubjit's parents say they don't know where the little girl contracted the virus. The entire family has been tested and Kuldip said doctors have told them no one else has it. But not knowing how Rubjit got it is giving her sleepless nights.

"She was so lively, never sat still for a minute and was always laughing,'' said Kuldip, who admits she keeps wondering if Rubjit would still have been alive had she taken her directly to the hospital instead of the walk-in clinic.

"I don't know anything any longer,'' she said, shaking her head.

Yesterday, her older daughter, Harmeen, 13, sat next to her, passing her a glass of water when Kuldip was overwhelmed with tears. Her son, Gagan, 10, was on the computer watching videos of his sister dressed in traditional Indian clothes, singing and dancing to loud Punjabi music.

"She loved dressing up and having her photographs taken,'' he said.

Rubjit's two aunts -- one from Vancouver and another from California -- sat on the floor with Kuldip talking about the little girl's antics. Narinder, Kuldip's sister-in-law, had met Rubjit a few hours before she died.

"She (Rubjit) had been talking about her birthday. She was very excited about it.''

The little girl would have turned seven on Aug. 29.

A couple of weeks ago, she told her aunt in India to send her a blue-coloured salwar-kameez -- a traditional Punjabi dress -- and blue bangles for her birthday. On the weekend, Kuldip bought a blue salwar-kameez and matching bangles for her daughter's funeral.

[edit on 26-6-2009 by sonjah1]

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