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During the swine influenza surveillance from 2007 to 2008, ten H1N1 viruses were isolated and analyzed for their antigenic and phylogenetic properties. Our study revealed the emergence of avian origin European swine H1N1 influenza virus in China, which highlights the necessity of swine influenza surveillance for the potential pandemic preparedness.
Although neither the WHO nor the US Government’s Centers for Disease Control nor the Robert Koch Institute nor the Pasteur Institute nor any government or private agency in the world has yet to scientifically isolate, to photograph with means of electron microscopy and to list the chemical characteristics of the ‘novel H1N1 Influenza A virus’ as it is now officially called, the WHO has seen fit to declare a global “Pandemic Alert” Phase 6 alarm......
.......In the United States, the Obama Administration has strong-armed the US Congress to appropriate 300% more money for Swine Flu ‘preparedness’ than Congress planned. Responding to lobbying by the Obama administration, the US Congress has approved an eye-popping $7.65 billion for the non-proven pandemic influenza.
Curiously enough, the money was included in a $106 billion supplemental appropriation bill for funding the military wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war on pig flu now seems to rank alongside the War on Terror the war on Iraqis and Afghanis as US policy priority.
June 26, 2009
By Associated Press
Two Chicago women have died after falling ill with swine flu, bringing the state’s total number of deaths in the global epidemic to 12.
Health officials said Friday the rate of new case reports in the state has slowed. The number of swine flu cases in Illinois has risen to more than 2,800.
The Chicago Department of Public Health reported the two new swine flu deaths Friday.
A 54-year-old woman was hospitalized June 2 and died June 10. A 47-year-old woman was hospitalized June 20 and died June 23.
The older woman had other known medical problems, but the younger woman didn’t.
Chicago has seen more than 1,000 diagnosed cases of swine flu. Health officials say there are probably many more undiagnosed cases.
WINNIPEG - A Manitoba child who tested positive for swine flu has died, pushing the national death toll to 22.
Provincial health officials say the victim was under the age of 18 and had underlying medical conditions.
"The case is still under investigation," Manitoba’s health department said in a bulletin, without detailing where in the province the victim was from.
Dr. Joel Kettner, Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health, said it’s not clear if the H1N1 flu was the cause of death.
He also said he could not give out any information on where the person was from or any other details.
"We will provide more when we get more."
It’s the third death related to swine flu in the province.
A Winnipeg man and an aboriginal woman - both in their 40s - previously died from the virus.
Kettner said they are seeing a pattern with the H1N1 virus where people in their 20s, 30s and 40s are dying or getting a more severe form of the influenza.
Usually, in seasonal influenza cases, the hardest hit are those over 65, children under two years old and people with chronic conditions, he added.
"It’s not the usual pattern, but it has been observed in previous pandemics," Kettner said.
"It could be older people have been exposed to this kind of virus 50 or more years ago. It may be something about how younger people react to a flu virus they haven’t had before because they don’t have the antibodies and it may be younger people have a stronger reaction to the virus."
Kettner said about one in 1,000 people who get the H1N1 virus are ending up in hospital severely ill.
It’s important for people to recognize when the influenza is severe and to get medical help, the doctor said. Influenza normally doesn’t cause shortness of breath, he added.
BUENOS AIRES, Jun 26 (IPS) - Doctors at the forefront of the battle against the H1N1 influenza virus in Argentina point out that the number of cases is far larger than the official figures reflect. But they also stress that the mortality rate, as a proportion of the much higher number of cases, is lower than people assume.
The Health Ministry is still issuing a daily report on the number of cases of what is popularly known as swine flu, and the number of deaths. The latest statistics are 1,488 confirmed cases and 23 deaths, representing a mortality rate of 1.3 percent.
The media seize on these numbers with alarm, comparing them with the statistics from other countries.
"As of 20:32 on Jun. 24 there are already 21 cases of H1N1 flu," said the nightly news anchor for Channel 13 – one of Argentina’s leading TV stations – glancing at his watch.
The reporter emphasised that Argentina had the third largest number of swine flu deaths, after Mexico and the United States.
These reports strike fear into people’s hearts, prompting them to flock to health clinics and hospitals at the slightest symptom of the flu or the common cold, or even in the absence of symptoms, which has pushed the health system to the brink of collapse
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A southern Coconino County teenager who tested positive for swine flu has died, bringing the death toll statewide to nine.
The Coconino County Health Department said on Friday that the boy had been hospitalized in Flagstaff and died earlier this week. He was not identified.
Health officials have confirmed 10 cases of swine flu in Coconino County, and the boy's death is the first. Coconino County Health Department spokeswoman Trish Lees says the boy had underlying health conditions but would not elaborate.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The patient who may have have initiated the exposure of 33 infants at Women's Hospital to the H1N1 swine flu virus died Friday afternoon, according to a Moses Cone Health System spokesman.
"Federal law limits what we can say, however, we believe the virus aggravated pre-existing medical issues and contributed to the death," Infectious Disease Specialist Tim Lane, Medical Director, Infection Prevention Services, said in a written statement.
Before this patient's virus was identified, he was being treated for asthma complications. A staff respiratory therapist, not knowing she had been exposed to H1N1, later came into contact with infants in the newborn intensive care unit.
After the hospital confirmed the adult patient had H1N1, staff in the NICU began precautionary Tamiflu treatment of the 33 babies. The babies are past the likely incubation period for flu. As of Friday, 11 of the infants had been sent home from the hospital.
Earlier this month, the death of an elderly patient at a Moses Cone Health System facility was linked to the H1N1 swine flu virus. Early last week, the man was admitted to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro for what hospital officials describe as a 'heart procedure.' He reportedly was discharged after his condition improved and had no flu symptoms. On Thursday, the man went to Wesley Long Community Hospital's emergency room with severe pneumonia. Doctors there said he was in critical condition and died in the Wesley Long Intensive Care Unit Friday. Test results late Tuesday confirmed the man had contracted H1N1.
The man's death was North Carolina's first H1N1-linked death.
Manitoba Health is reporting the death of an adult over 18 years of age.
There was a positive lab test for H1N1 influenza and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.
This latest death comes on the heals of the death of a child announced by Manitoba Health on Thursday.
Monitoring swine flu (H1N1): Hospitalizations and deaths
The state Department of Health has moved to a new strategy for monitoring swine flu (H1N1) and will no longer test all cases. As a result, there will be no daily updates of numbers of probable or confirmed cases by county. Updates will be posted on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., and will include only the total number of hospitalized and fatal cases of lab-confirmed swine flu (H1N1) in Washington.
Hospitalizations and deaths in Washington
with lab-confirmed swine flu (H1N1)
Hospitalizations of Washington residents
Cumulative total 4/26 to 6/26
Deaths of Washington residents
As of 6/26/09
FRIDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials said Friday that they are considering a swine flu immunization campaign that could involve an unprecedented 600 million doses of vaccine.
Still to be worked out is finding enough health-care workers to administer all those shots, and determining ways to record side effects if the vaccine is given at the same time as the seasonal flu vaccine. That could make it difficult to figure out which vaccine was causing the side effects, the Associated Press reported.
Meeting at a national vaccine advisory committee session in Atlanta, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the swine flu campaign could dwarf the roughly 115 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine and the 150 million doses of childhood vaccines distributed each year, the news service said.
Officials have not yet decided whether to start a swine flu vaccination program, or whether all Americans would get the shots, beginning in the fall. The timing depends on how fast a vaccine can be produced and tested; as many as 60 million doses could be ready by September. But a widespread vaccination campaign is likely, the AP said.
Arizona - 8
California - 17
Connecticut - 5
Florida - 2
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 1
Michigan - 7
Minnesota - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 1
New Jersey - 6
New York - 40
North Carolina - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 3
Pennsylvania - 4
Rhode Island - 1
Texas - 15
Utah - 10
Virginia - 1
Washington - 4
Wisconsin - 4
TOTAL - 147
#137 Texas - Bexar County, unidentified man died in June reported 6/24/09
#138 California - Contra Costa, unidentified person, reported 6/25/09
#139 California - Los Angeles, unidentified person, reported 6/25/09 Is this Cristian Torres Rodriguez ??
#140 California - Orange County, unidentified person, reported 6/25/09
#141 California - Orange County, unidentified person, reported 6/25/09
#142 California - Sonoma County, unidentified person, reported 6/25/09 Is this Sonoma County, elderly man died 6/19/09 reported 6/19/09??
#143 California - Solano County, 53 year old man reported 6/25/09 *healthy, California's 17th death
#144 Oregon - no location, unidentified person, 3rd death in the state reported 6/26/09 by CDC
#145 Illinois - Chicago, 54 year old woman died 6/10/09 reported 6/26/09 *unspecified medical problems, hospitalized 6/2
#146 Illinois - Chicago, 47 year old woman died 6/23/09 reported 6/26/09 *healthy, hospitalized 6/20
#147 Washington - no location, unidentified person reported 6/26/09 by WA DOH
U.S. Deaths Abroad:
#1 Canada, Ontario - a U.S. resident, 78 year old man, died in Orangeville while visiting, reported 6/17/09
Sorry, but it looks like there's a 9th death in Arizona...
...and a 2nd in North Carolina
A-40-year-old woman in Bangkok has become the country's first fatality linked to the type-A (H1N1) influenza virus, a high-level health officer said Friday.
"The Health Ministry's academic team is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death and will release the results to the public," said Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodi.
An unidentified disease killed 5 people in the province of Bas-Congo,
DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo]
5 people out of almost a dozen ill individuals have died within a few
days from an as yet unidentified disease in the village of Mangala,
located some 30 kilometers [19 mi] from the city of Boma, the capital
of the province of Bas-Congo [Kongo Central] in the west of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The chief medical officer of the Boma health district, Dr Lawrence
Kiphunda Nlandu, who informed the press, reported that 5 cases, of
which only one has survived so far, a man of 35 years, have been
detected in the rural health zone of Boma Bungu, considered the
epicenter of the epidemic, while the other 5 cases were recorded in
the area of health Boma. He mentioned that 2 men, a woman, and a young man of 14 years of age are currently hospitalized in a local medical facility and a child of 4 years who succumbed to the disease
[referring to the 2nd cluster mentioned above].
Dr Kiphunda did not provide the incubation period of the disease,
however he mentioned that it is characterized by vomiting of blood
[hematemesis] accompanied by bloody diarrhea [melena or hematochezia] and blood flow from the nostrils [epistaxis].,
The ongoing H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic has proven rather mild. However, the rapid rate at which an estimated one million Americans have already contracted this illness should have our political and medical leaders urgently examining how they will eventually handle a more severe form of the influenza virus. One of the questions that will face our society when a future pandemic proves more deadly--and one that has largely avoided public discussing during the current crisis--is how our public health authorities ought to allocate ventilators. To a patient whose lungs are temporarily compromised, short-term ventilator support is often the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, if a future pandemic leaves millions of Americans temporarily unable to breath--vastly exceeding the number of mechanical ventilation machines or the trained staff needed to operate them--our hospitals will be forced to decide which patients to help breathe and which to let die. Needless to say, in a culture that values human life highly, such choices raise unsettling ethical questions.
TORONTO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says chronic lung problems linked to obesity, not the obesity itself, appear to be raising some people's risk of suffering bad disease when they get infected with swine flu.
Reports that obesity is common among people who have died from the new flu virus have led some public health officials to wonder whether it should be added to the list of risk factors for severe disease from influenza infection.
But Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Atlanta-based agency says the CDC believes people who are extremely or morbidly obese also have chronic lung disease.
She says carrying around the extra weight can compromise the lungs, making people more vulnerable to the negative affects of influenza.
Thai health officials announced on Saturday the country's first two swine flu-related deaths, while Australia reported its fifth. All three patients also had other health problems.
A 40-year-old Thai woman died June 20 at a Bangkok hospital, while a 42-year-old Thai man died Saturday at a hospital in southern Chonburi province, Public Health Ministry Deputy Permant Secretary Dr. Paichai Warachit said.
Paichai said her office was only told late Friday about the woman's death. It was unclear where the two had contracted the virus, and the ministry refused to identify them.
"It is confirmed that the two patients died because of the H1N1 virus and also because they had pneumonia," Paichai said.
Lungs to be "burned" in hours
There is a seriousness of patients' unusual '
"We're seeing the placement of young patients, between 15 and 50 years with pneumonia, a few that quickly evolve towards a gravity which for many is unusual, in which the lung is' fire 'in a matter of hours," said Dr. Jorge San Juan, head of the Department of Intensive Care Hospital Muñiz.
"The bodies were viscera, meninges and brain swollen, a little common factor in death from influenza. Additionally, the lungs were in bad shape, with some spots we could not identify. The studies sent pathology, "said the coroner who asked not to publicize his name until the health authorities take note of it found.
SYDNEY (AFP) — A young woman with underlying health problems has become Australia's fifth swine flu-related death, according to authorities.
The 26-year-old, from the west coast city of Perth, died late Friday in intensive care, where she was being treated for a serious medical condition, said Western Australia's chief health officer Tarun Weeramanthri.
"We know that people with existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to the serious effects of the disease," he said.
All five people who have died in Australia after contracting swine flu were suffering from underlying conditions, and authorities have been careful not to attribute their deaths directly to the A(H1N1) virus.
Two children are currently in intensive care with the disease, including a five-year-old girl with no other health problems, authorities said.
Total cases here stood at 3,519 Saturday.